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Durham University

Special Collections


Thematically the Cremation Society Papers are diverse. Many of the subjects addressed can be found in the correspondence in topical files section of the catalogue and cover both general administration of the Society and information, broadly related to the disposition of the dead, retained for reference.
These papers cover land use and buildings (eg. cemeteries, burial at sea and gardens of remembrance); medicine and health (eg. drug infusion pumps, medical certification, and the retention of organs); religion and belief (eg. Spiritualism, Judaism, and Hinduism).

The Cremation Society has also been involved in consultations regarding the environmental issues: from plastic fittings on coffins, to mercury emissions, and smoke production. In the pursuit for best practice the Society is also committed to finding and promoting other economic and advantageous methods of disposing of the dead such as Promession.

Other interesting sources of topical information include:
Correspondence with authorities and organisations which lists a large number of official bodies, charities and services linked to bereavement, cremation and funeral service provision.

Cuttings Books also cover a variety of themes and topics over a significant range from 1874-1996. They cover attitudes to death and cremation, burial rituals, related legal and administrative processes, and medical and hygienic matters in different countries, cultures and periods.

Themes you can explore on our menu screen are: international links, the ICF, the Roman Catholic Church, architecture and society members