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Cemetery Research Group

Pateley Cemetery

Plan of Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate, showing denomination sections

Grave plan

Commonwealth graves

The Cemetery Research Group (CRG) at the University of 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.

About cemeteries

What are cemeteries and how can we understand them?

Annual event

CRG organises the annual Cemeteries Colloquium, bringing together national and international researchers from all disciplines to share their latest research. The next meeting will take place virtually, via Zoom, on the 6th November 2020: 

Death and Culture Network

The Cemetery Research Group is affiliated with the University of York Death and Culture Network. 

Find out more here


Our research

CRG has conducted research for local authorities and informed 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.

Funerary International

Emerald Publishing is developing a series of essential handbooks on funerary practice around the globe. Texts on England and Wales and on the Netherlands are now available: 

Latest work

  • Julie Rugg, 'Materiality, identity, mutability: irresolvable tensions within burial reform', in J. Bradbury and C. Scarre (eds) Engaging with the Dead, Oxford: Oxbow (2017).  
  • Julie Rugg, 'Taken "as read": locating death in the rhetoric of cemetery conservation in England', in M. Frihammar and H. Silverman (eds) Heritage of Death: Landscapes of Emotion, Memory and Practice, London: Routledge (2018).

About CRG

CRG was founded in 1990 and is led by Dr Julie Rugg, University of York.