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University of Birmingham, The Coffin Works
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Victorian funerals, 19th century funerary practices, Cemeteries, Garden Cemeteries, Highgate Cemetery, Pere Lachaise, Death, Burial, Mourning, Mourning jewellery, Coffins, Coffin Furniture, Coffin Furniture manufacture, Birmingham UK industrial and social history,
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About Me

I am working towards a PhD at the University of Birmingham, studying the development of landscape and monumentality in garden cemeteries from 1804- 1914. I am focusing on British and French cemeteries and looking at the particular impact that burials of influential people had on their development. I teach as part of the ‘Death, Burial and Society’ module for 3rd year undergraduates and the ‘Funerary History’ module for Masters students.

I work at the Coffin Works museum in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter as the Operations and Volunteer Assistant. I train tour guides in the history of the factory, the coffin furniture trade and the social and industrial history of the city from 1894-1999. I also deliver regular talks for the public about Victorian Funerals.

My undergraduate degree in Geology and Archaeology (BSc Hons Class 1) comes in very handy both for looking at gravestones in cemeteries and for working with material culture in museum collections!

I have also worked on Local History projects focusing on the WWI home front and the history of allotments. I am currently archiving a family archive containing material about Marie Stopes, Barnes Wallace, Charlotte Carmichael Stopes and their contemporaries.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, France, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8
Expertise by Topic
Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Rural & Agrarian History, Women, World War I