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Durham University

Special Collections

Cremation Society

Newspaper clippings. In the centre is a humorous reference to the opposition to cremation, not in terms of foul play or religious doctrine but of wind direction

Clippings book (CRE/H/7 p. vii)

Cremation is widely regarded as an acceptable way to dispose of the dead. Today more people are cremated than buried, in 2015 over 75% of deaths in the UK ended in cremation. 19th Century urban cemeteries in Britain are indicative that this wasn’t always the case. The Cremation Society of Great Britain played a pivotal part in the establishment, development, legislation and promotion of cremation in Britain and overseas.

The Cremation Society’s Collection Level Description and Catalogue are available online.

The Cremation Society’s Archive is available for consultation at our Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library.