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Earlier Lectures

Earlier Lectures

This page lists the lectures I gave from 1998 to 2013.

For details of later lectures, please click here.


‘The British Funeral industry: Past, Present and Future’, Cremation Society Conference, July 1998



‘Funeral Directors versus burial and cremation authorities: Conflict or Collaboration?’, Confederation of Burial Authorities, May 2001


‘Funerals and Funeral Directing in London: A Look at the Last 100 years’, Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, June 2002


‘Predictable occurrence, unpredictable demand’, Westminster Business School, May 2003


‘From Welbeck to Woking: William Garstin and the First Cremations’, Cremation Society Conference, July 2004

‘From Welbeck via Kensal Green to Woking’, Cremation Society Conference, July 2004


‘Cremation in England: The Early Years’, British Institute of Funeral Directors Region F, July 2006

‘Educating the funeral director’, ICCM Educational Seminar, April 2006

‘From Welbeck via Kensal Green to Woking’, Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, April 2006

‘The Development of Cremation’, City of London Cemetery Open Day, August 2006

‘Funeral Directors and Distance Transportation of the Dead’, FIAT/IFTA International Conference, June 2006


‘Continuing Professional Development: Looking Outside the Box’, BIFD Conference, October 2007

‘In Memoriam: A concert of Renaissance, Baroque and Contemporary Choral Music associated with remembrance and burial, interspersed with reflections on changing funeral rites’, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, May 2007


‘Battle Ground for Burials: Kingsbury Lawn Cemetery’, Ninth Cemeteries Colloquium, University of York, May 2008

‘Continuing Professional Development: A Strategy for the BIE’, British Institute of Embalmers Tutors’ Study Day, March 2008

‘London Cemeteries: A Look at the Twentieth Century’, Brookwood Cemetery Society, July 2008 & Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, October 2008


‘Funeral Directing and Funerals in the UK: A Few Insights’, Open University, July 2009

‘Setting the Standard at the Start. Tracing the Origins of the Co-operative Funeral Service’, Co-operative Funeral Service Managers’ Association, October 2009

‘A Look at the Cemeteries of South London’, Croydon Association of Funeral Directors, October 2009

‘Burying Enza: the Spanish Flu 1918-1919 and the Disposal of the Dead in London’, for Tenth Cemeteries Colloquium May 2009 and for National Association of Funeral Directors November 2009


‘European Influences on the Development of Cremation in Great Britain’, Death & Dying in 18th-21st Century Europe: Refiguring Death Rites in Europe, International Conference, Alba Iulia, Romania, September 2010

‘Innovation in the face of Disaster: Dealing with the World’s Greatest Air Tragedy’, ICCM Conference, September 2010


‘London Cemeteries: A Look at the Twentieth Century’, London Parks and Gardens Trust, 11 April 2011


‘Down Among the Dead Men’. Presentation given at Death: Southbank’s Festival for the Living, 27-29 January 2012

Funeral Directing in London: A Short History’. For the Croydon Association of Funeral Directors February, 2012

‘Robertson at the City: Portrait of a Cemetery Superintendent’. For Thirteenth Colloquium on Cemeteries, University of York, May 2012

‘JH Kenyon: A Unique History’. For JH Kenyon, June 2012

‘Funeral Reform and the Clergy’. For clergy seminar in Dorset, June 2012

‘The Pioneers of Preservation: The Development of Embalming in 20th Century Britain’. For BIE Midlands Division, July 2012

‘A Dying Business? Mortality and Funeral Directing in West London’. For The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, 10th International Conference, Raboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, September 2012

‘Understanding the Funeral Business’. For the board of Scotmid Co-operative, Edinburgh, October 2012


‘Funeral Directing in 20th Century Scotland’. For 'Death in Modern Scotland, 1855-1955: beliefs, attitudes and practices', New College, University of Edinburgh, February 2013

‘The Development of Cremation in Britain’. For Sturminster Newton Museum Society, April 2013

‘From Brooke Street to Brookwood: Nineteenth Century Funeral Reform and S Alban the Martyr Holborn Burial Society’. For Fourteenth Cemeteries Colloquium, University of York, May 2013

‘Undertaking History’. For University of Westminster Summer School, July 2013

‘Committed to the Cleansing Flame: The History of Cremation in North London since 1874’. For Camden Local History Society, July 2013

‘Serving the Bereaved: Yesterday, Today and in the Future’. For Scotmid Co-operative Society Funeral Conference, August 2013

‘Americanisation of the British Funeral Industry: Fact or Fiction?’. For 11th International Death, Dying and Disposal Conference, Open University, September 2013

‘Robertson and the Early Years of the Nation Association of Cemetery Superintendents’. For ICCM Learning Convention, September 2013

‘Undertaking in London’. For Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge, London Day of the Dead, October 2013

‘Frederick W Paine: A Unique History of Service to the Community’. For FW Paine, October 2013

‘A Look at the Cemeteries of South London’. For Mycenae House Local History Society, October 2013

‘JH Kenyon: A unique History’. For JH Kenyon, October 2013