Funeral Studies Day Programme 8-9th May 2020

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Examples of coffin ornaments. RIP, At rest; are some of the different messages.

Funeral Study Day Programme 8th – 9th May 2020

Two days of talks which aim to bring academics, the funeral industry and the general public together to share knowledge about funerals. What better way for us to kick off our contributions to Dying Matters Week and A Matter of Life and Death Festival!

This preliminary programme for the day may be subject to minor changes, abstracts for the papers will be released by the end of April.


1 day ticket: £45 (£35 for students) available for both Friday and Saturday individually.
Weekend ticket: £80 (£60 for students)
Tickets available now.

Tours, lunches and refreshments are all included, please notify us of any dietary requirements.
All venues are wheelchair accessible, please get in touch if you have any questions or access needs.

Friday 8th May
10.00am Registration and refreshments
10.30am Welcome address and The Coffin Works Story

Sarah Hayes

Morning session
11am Coffin Biographies
Harold Mytum
11.30am Dead Fashionable: Coffin Works Shroud Project Update
Sarah Hayes and Laura Joyce
Refreshment Break (12pm – 12.15pm)
12.15pm Coffin Works Tour
Lunch (1.30pm – 2.15pm) at The Shakespeare Inn
Afternoon session
2.15pm YOU are the funeral director- how can we restore ownership of our funerals to communities and families in the 21st Century
Carrie Weekes
2.45pm Death Becomes Her: On Victorian Mourning
Rebecca Mitchell
3.15pm Early Crematoria in Birmingham and the UK
Hilary Grainger
Refreshment Break (3.45pm – 4pm)
4pm – 5pm Pet Cemetery: Loving and Losing Animals, 1880-1948
Julie-Marie Strange


Saturday 9th May
10.00am Registration and refreshments
10.30am Welcome address and The Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project
Josie Wall
Morning session
11am Law, Lore and Landscape: gravedigging in 19th to 21st century England
Helen Frisby and Stuart Prior
11.30am Funeral Trains
Nicholas Wheatley
Refreshment Break (12pm – 12.15pm)
12.15pm Journey’s End Model Railway Demonstration
Nicholas Wheatley
Lunch (12.45pm – 1.45pm) at The Rose Villa Tavern
Afternoon session
2pm Cemetery Tour
with Friends of Key Hill and Warstone Lane Cemetery
Refreshment Break (3.45pm – 4pm)
4pm – 6pm Jewellery Quarter Poppy Project
Stitching workshop with Tina Francis at The Hive


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