Mike Jay, author of The Atmosphere of Heaven has had a plaque made to mark the grave of Thomas Beddoes in the Strangers’ Burial Ground in Hotwells, Bristol. While writing the book, which tells the story of Dr Beddoes and his work at the Pneumatic Institution in Bristol, Mike managed to identify the grave and clear it of undergrowth. However, the engraving on the grave is now barley visible due to weathering and during the history walk in September it was suggested that a plaque should be made so that the grave would not be lost again.
Mike has obtained permission to fix the plaque to the wall behind the grave and suggests that we have a small fixing ceremony during the spring.
Meanwhile, Mike’s latest book High Society – Mind-Altering Drugs in History and Culture has just come out in hardback.