Photo courtesy Richmond Local History Society
Hello, and welcome to my website.
I work freelance providing a training, consultancy and research service under the banner of Funeral Service Training (London).
My website provides further information about me, my publications and my lectures. Links to all of these can be found above.
Meanwhile, you can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
My New Book: Funerary Practices in England and Wales
Funerary Practices in England and Wales sets English and Welsh funerary practice in its wider legal, national and local governance framework, including the continuing role of the Church of England. It provides the historical context for current practice, provides data on new trends in burial and cremation and examines recent developments including direct cremation and alkaline hydrolysis. It provides detail of current practice and includes a detailed description of a typical funeral, including commemorative practice, and discussion of funeral costs. Chapters address the legalities and technicalities of burial and cremation, explaining the concept of burial rights and the technicalities of grave construction, and outlining cremation certification requirements and the process of cremation. This book is a valuable desk-
Part of the series Funerary International edited by Dr Julie Rugg, University of York, UK.
Available now ISBN 9781787692268 Price £40.00
The History of Ayton Castle
30 January 2019
The Changing Face of Funerals in South London
21 March 2019
Barnes & Mortlake History Society
The Cemeteries of South London
1 February 2020
North West Kent Family History Society
The Honoured Dead: London Cemeteries in Old Photographs.
Due for publication shortly by Strange Attractor Press.
Current Research & Articles in Preparation
* Funeral Directors and the 1977 Strike
* The Transportation of Coffins by Rail
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The Evolution of the British Funeral Industry in the 20th Century
By Brian Parsons
The Evolution of the British Funeral Industry in the 20th Century examines the shifts that have taken place in the funeral industry since 1900, focusing on the figure of the undertaker and exploring how organizational change and attempts to gain recognition as a professional service provider saw the role morph into that of ‘funeral director’. As the disposal of the dead increased in complexity during the twentieth century, the role of the undertaker / funeral director has mirrored this change.
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