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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Prats of The Week - Birmingham City Council

Kudos to Birmingham City Council for demonstrating some first class prattery.

The council, for reasons best known to itself, has banned a group of amateur historians from taking pictures of the city's historic graves unless they apply in writing for permission on a ‘case by case’ basis.

Members of the Jewellery Quarter Research Trust in Birmingham had been compiling an online database of the many famous, and not so famous, people buried in the historic Warstone Lane and Key Hill Cemeteries.

The voluntary group’s website contains a database with lists of graves and in some cases biographies, obituaries and photographs or portraits of the deceased.

There is also a Google Street View-style 360-degree photographic tour of the cemeteries.

However, they have now been banned from taking photos of each gravestone unless they apply in writing for permission on a ‘case by case’ basis.

For why?

Here is a spokesman from the council explaining to ITV the council's "rationale":
"Permission for this request was declined on the basis that once this information is held by a third party then the council will have no control over how it may be used in future, without a formal agreement in place.
We have not asked for any existing photographs to be removed from the Jewellery Quarter Research Trust’s website. We have offered to work with the trust on a case-by-case basis and have advised them that a formal agreement will be required if they wish to photograph all memorials at both cemeteries."
What concern is to the council what people do with photographs of gravestones?

Is it now forbidden to take photographs of gravestones?

Birmingham City Council, well deserving Prats of The Week!

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  1. Anonymous11:12 AM

    I suppose that the council is overreacting to the threat that people may use the names and the dates of birth (which is often shown on gravestones) for identity theft.

    However, a would be fraudster has plenty of access to such information.

  2. I suspect it is more about local Nanny "Getting her cut" and little to do with anything else.

    Nanny, at all levels, in my opinion is like a gangster always wanting a cut of the action.
    In this case, I suspect the "agreement" will include some kind of license or permit provision which will ensure Nanny gets a nice little earner from it....Kerching.

    I suspect, given it is a historic graveyard, the data regarding the deceased will not be useful for identity theft so it will, one way or another, come down to money and Nanny's cut.

  3. Lord of Atlantis1:48 PM

    They should just ignore Nanny and her minions and go ahead taking their photographs! AS far as I know, it's not an offence to take photographs in this country (yet!) provided they are not used for a criminal purpose.

  4. Anonymous3:53 PM

    Have we forgotten NuLabour's reign of terror which included people being harassed/arrested for taking photos of buildings under (the misuse of) RIPA? Can't imagine which law they'd dredge up for this.