Bios

Our blog is written by Woodland’s history/archivist students, and features posts about our work in monument conservation and interesting finds from our historical research.

Biographies of our Bloggers

Thomas Sayers

Historian & Archivist

Hello! I’m Thomas, and this is my second summer at Woodland Cemetery. I’m entering my final year of a media studies degree at Western University. I’ve lived my entire life in London but I’ve only recently tuned in to London’s rich and storied history. I want to share these stories, known and unknown, with as many people as possible through our new research and walking tours. You can find me poking around our archives or the London Room for a good story. If I’m not inside, I’m walking around fiddling with the timing of my guided audio walks. I write occasionally for LondonFuse, a media collective with a focus on arts and heritage. I hope to figure out some neat ways to make Woodland’s history as accessible and engaging as possible! 

Email me at t.sayers@woodlandcemetery.on.ca with any questions or to set up a tour.

Meagan Fillmore

Historian & Archivist

Meagan is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master of Museum Studies program with an interest in public history and interpretive planning. With a background in anthropology and artifact preservation Meagan has a personal fascination with funerary and death practices across cultures. Having previously worked in London’s heritage sector, Meagan is passionate about making local history engaging and accessible to all audiences.

Brienna French

Monument Conservator

Brienna is a recent graduate of Media & the Public Interest from the University of Western Ontario. She will be starting her Masters of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research in the fall. Living next to the cemetery, she is interested in researching and preserving the monuments of the people who helped to shape her community. As an avid embroiderer, Brienna is excited for the intricate work of piecing stones together and cleaning them. She also looks forward to sharing her findings with the community via our blog, as she served as Editor-In-Chief of her faculty’s undergraduate publication, Openwide.

Robyn Lacy

Monument Conservator

Robyn graduated with an MA in Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2017, where her research focused on 17th-century burial landscape organization on the northeast coast of North America and Newfoundland. While her research explored many aspects of death and burial, this is her first experience restoring and conserving gravestones firsthand, a skill she is very excited to learn! You can find her research and writing on spadeandthegrave.com and connect with her on twitter @robyn_la.