Cemeteries Colloquium


Friday, 15th May 2015

The Sixteenth Colloquium on Cemeteries will take place at the University of York on Friday, 15th May. This day event comprises an informal meeting of researchers in all disciplines with an interest in burial places, and a particular focus is placed on new and emerging research. Postgraduates are particularly welcome.

Bookings for this event are now being taken, and a booking form is on the next page. A fee of £45, payable in advance, will cover costs associated with attendance including refreshments and a light lunch. Please make cheques payable to the University of York.  The next page of this document is the booking form, and you should complete and return the form, with your cheque, to Dr Julie Rugg, Cemetery Research Group, CHP, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD. The deadline for booking is 8th May.

The Colloquium will take place at the King’s Manor, University of York. Please do not bring a car to York, since parking at King’s Manor is extremely limited. There are regular trains to York from London, Scotland and the west of the country. For overseas visitors, access is particularly easy from Manchester Airport: a regular direct train route connects the Airport with York.

King’s Manor is within easy walking distance of the station. The following link gives directions:




If you require accommodation, the following link to the City of York tourism website indicates local guesthouses:




It is perhaps best to try and arrange a stay somewhere close to the city centre, off Bootham (eg Longfield Terrace, Grosvenor Terrace, Queen Anne’s Road, or Sycamore Road).



 NOTE:  A traditional component of the Colloquium is to meet for drinks on the evening before the Colloquium (Thursday, 14th May) at the Three Legged Mare on High Petergate from 7:00, and then have dinner from c.8:00 at Ask, situated in the former Assembly Rooms.


 Fifteenth Colloquium on Cemeteries

16th May, King’s Manor, University of York



9:50-10:25 On the model of Père LachaiseIan Dungavell

Chief Executive, Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, London

10:25-11:00 Rethinking burial practice: William Godwin’s Essay on Sepulchres (1809)Helen Stark

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

11:00-11:20  COFFEE


11:20-11:55 The spatial and temporal development of a cemetery landscape: the municipal cemetery of Mount Saint Lawrence, Limerick CityHélène Bradley-Davies

Department of Geography, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick City

11:55-12:30 Excavating the above- and below-ground materiality of a modern cemeterySian Anthony

Lunds Universitet, Sweden

12:30-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:05 Temporary lodgings of the dead: patterns of catacomb usage at Brompton CemeteryMatthew Pridham

Trustee, Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery

2:05-2:40 Cemetery sculpture outside the cemetery: Pre- and after-lives of Spanish funerary sculpture c.1900-1922Chloe Sharpe

History of Art, University of York

2:40-3:00  TEA


3:00-3:35 ‘Walk down any street’: a South London funeral in 1965Brian Parsons
3:35-4:10 Ashes creations: The incorporation of cremation ashes into objects and tattoos in British contemporary practicesSam McCormick, Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University
4:15  Concluding comments, and CLOSE



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