Great Gardens of Death: A Call for Papers

The Victorian Society is mounting a conference on Saturday 18th May 2018 looking at urban cemeteries in England in the nineteenth century. The focus will be historical, looking at their architecture and design, but we are also interested in the conservation issues which face them today.

We are inviting papers in the following areas:

• the work of noted cemetery architects and landscape designers;
• the design of individual cemeteries, especially those outside London;
• themes relating to cemetery design, such as the architecture of chapels or mausolea, or the public provision of cemeteries from the 1850s onwards;
• how ideas about death were reflected in cemetery design.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to by Wednesday 2 January 2019. Please feel free to be in touch earlier should you wish to express an interest or have any questions.

The conference organisers are Professor Hilary Grainger, the leading authority on the architecture of British crematoria, and Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive of Highgate Cemetery.

The Victorian Society plans to publish a volume of its journal, Studies in Victorian architecture and design, on urban cemeteries. It is hoped that speakers will wish their papers to be considered for publication in this volume.

Image used is of Brompton Cemetery By, CC BY 2.0,


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