‘Let’s talk of graves’ Mortality and graveyards c.1700- c.1950

Date / time: 13 April, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

'Let's talk of graves' Mortality and graveyards c.1700- c.1950


‘Let’s talk of graves’, Mortality and graveyards, c.1700-c.1950

The Local Population Studies Society is devoted to the promotion of the study of historical demography, and associated topics in economic and social history, in local and regional contexts.

Join us at our Spring conference where our speakers will present a variety of papers on the theme of mortality and death. Topics include changing patterns of mortality, exhumation, funerary practice and studies of urban graveyards.


  • 9.30-10.00: Registration and coffee
  • 10.00-10.45: Romola Davenport (University of Cambridge) ‘Migrants, microbes and medicalisation: a long-run perspective on urban-rural mortality differentials’
  • 10.45-11.30: Beata Nowok (University of Edinburgh) ‘Spatial and seasonal patterns of mortality in Scotland in the 20th century: early results from the Digitising Scotland project’
  • 11.30-11.40: short break
  • 11.40-12.15: Chris Galley ‘Some thoughts on nineteenth-century infant mortality’
  • 12.15-13.00: Jeremy Boulton (University of Newcastle) ‘Not dead – just resting? Exhumation in early modern England
  • 13.00-14.15: AGM and Lunch
  • 14.15-15.00: Julie Rugg (University of York) ‘Individuation, consolation and consumption: towards a theory of cyclicality in English funerary practice’
  • 15.00-15.45: Janet Ridler ‘Sheffield’s hidden necropolis’15.45-16.30: Judith Pitchforth ‘Written in stone – family reconstruction from Fulwood graveyard (Sheffield)’
  • 16.30 conference ends

To reserve a place please visit the conference page at http://www.localpopulationstudies.org.uk/confer.htm and complete a booking form.

Closing date for registration 1 April 2019

Location: Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7RZ