Memorial to mark Plot Z1, commonly known as Baby Public

Closed 31 Aug 2018

Opened 3 Jul 2018


Belfast City Council is planning to erect a permanent memorial at Plot Z1, also known as the 'Baby Public' plot in the City Cemetery. The memorial will be in memory of up to 8,000 bodies buried on site, many of whom are stillborn babies or those who died shortly after birth.


Consultation to date

As part of a wider consultation process, we have set up a focus group to help inform decisions taken by our elected members around this project. With the support of this group we developed terms of references to appoint a stonemaison.

Following a tender process, the Council appointed Making Marks, to design and produce the memorial for Plot Z1.

Charlotte Howarth from Making Marks has worked with the focus group to develop initial designs and we are seeking wider views regarding this memorial.


Design concept explained

The proposed design of the memorial is a baby lying (and protected) within a bed of leaves.  The memorial will be carved in Kilkenny limestone and the stone will have a chiselled surface.  There will be wording at the back and the front of the stone and small baby footprints would be carved into the stone.  All the detail on the memorial including the lettering will be hand carved. .

You can download PDFs of the design concept at the bottom of this page.



Why we are consulting

We would like to hear your views on the proposed design of this important memorial and ensure that all those buried in the plot are remembered in a sensitive and inclusive matter.

You can also share your views with us at a public drop-in session – details of which can be found below.

What happens next

We now want to hear your views on:

  • The proposed design concept

You can share your views by using the link below before Friday 31st August 2018 (closes at 23.59hrs).  Findings from this stage in the consultation will then be discussed at the next public workshop – details of which can be found below.


  • Memorial Plot Z1 - Drop-in Session

    From 23 Aug 2018 at 15:00 to 23 Aug 2018 at 19:00

    A drop-in session will take place on 23rd August from 3pm - 7pm. The sculptor Charlotte Howarth will be there and you can discuss the design of the memorial with her. You can drop in any time between 3pm and 7pm in the Council offices, 9 Adelaide, meeting room 1K


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