The Cemetery Research Group (CRG) at York aims to expand an understanding of current and past burial culture in the UK and internationally, by studying the ways in which social, emotional and religious concerns have interacted with economic and political imperatives to frame burial practice.
What are cemeteries and how can we understand them?
CRG organises the annual Cemeteries Colloquium, bringing together researchers from all disciplines to share their latest research.
CRG has conducted research for local authorities and advised the national debate on cemeteries and their use.
We offer consultancy and specialist research knowledge undertaking audits and surveys, and we have contributed to the wider socio-cultural discussions on cemeteries and burial.
- (with F. Stirling and A. Clayden) Churchyard and cemetery in an English industrial city: Sheffield, 1740-1900. Winner of the Dyos Prize, 2014
- Churchyard and Cemetery: Tradition and Modernity in Rural North Yorkshire (Manchester University Press). For further information, and to order at discount: Order (MS Word , 7,891kb)
CRG was founded in 1990 and is led by Dr Julie Rugg, University of York.