Annual Conference 2019: “Let’s talk of graves”

Our 2019 annual conference will be ‘Let’s talk of graves’: Mortality and graveyards, c.1700-c.1950, at the Wilson Carlisle Centre in Sheffield on 13 April 2019, from 10 (refreshments at 9.30) until 4.30. Please book using the form below.

Romola Davenport (University of Cambridge) ‘Migrants, microbes and medicalisation: a long-run perspective on urban-rural mortality differentials’

Gravestone in Boston, Massachusetts.

Beata Nowok (University of Edinburgh) ‘Spatial and seasonal patterns of mortality in Scotland in the 20th century: early results from the Digitising Scotland project’

Chris Galley ‘Some thoughts on nineteenth-century infant mortality’

Jeremy Boulton (University of Newcastle) ‘Not dead – just resting? Exhumation in early modern England’

Julie Rugg (University of York) ‘Individuation, consolation and consumption: towards a theory of cyclicality in English funerary practice’

Janet Ridler ‘Sheffield’s hidden necropolis’

Judith Pitchforth ‘Written in stone – family reconstruction from Fulwood graveyard (Sheffield)’

Download the full programme and booking form here: as an editable MS Word document or as a PDF.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Karen Rothery at

May Pickles fund

Thanks to the generosity of one of our former members, we can offer a limited number of student bursaries to cover conference costs and reasonable travel expenses from the May Pickles Fund. For further details please contact Karen Rothery at