Burial reform in the nineteenth century: central and local responses

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


This paper gives a short outline of the progress of burial reform in the nineteenth century. The paper discusses the relationship between the Burial Office and local communities that were seeking to improve local conditions, and in particular highlights the ways in which an understanding of best scientific practice was built into burial board operation. Villages, towns and cities all responded to the challenge differently, and this means that every area has a distinctive story to tell. The paper discusses some of the sources that can be used for researching this history.
Period23 Jan 2021
Event titleResearching Cemeteries: Exploring a Shared and Living Heritage
Event typeSeminar
Location[London], United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Burial reform
  • Burial Boards
  • Cemeteries