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My Articles

Burial


Igulada Cemetery’ (2000) IBCA Journal Vol 68 No1 pp50-51


‘Conflict or Collaboration’ (2001) IBCA Journal Vol 69 No 3 pp46-50


‘Malta: The English Influence Abroad’ (2004) ICCM Journal Vol 72 No 4 pp40-43


‘The Cemetery that Never was: Kingsbury Lawn Cemetery (2008) ICCM Journal Vol 76 No 4 pp23-32


“Lay her I’ the earth” (2011) ICCM Journal Vol  79 No 1 pp47-53


‘The Cemetery in Postcard’ (2011) ICCM Journal Vol 79 No 2 pp68-74


‘The Civilian War Graves in St Alban’s Burial Ground’ (2011) Necropolis News Vol 5 No4 Spring pp3-8


‘Kitchener: The Extraordinary Story of an Empty Coffin’ (2011) ICCM Journal Vol 79 No 3 pp60-63


‘A Nineteenth Century Initiative Continues: London proprietary cemeteries in the twentieth century’ (2012) ICCM Journal Vol 80 No 2 pp62-71


‘Being let down by the funeral director’ (2012) ICCM Journal Vol 80 No 1 pp 8-13


‘John Robertson: Portrait of the ‘Founding Father’ (2013) ICCM Journal Vol 81 No 4 pp16-29


‘The Early Years of the National Association’ (2013) ICCM Journal Vol 81 No 4 pp21-28


‘A Tale of Two Cemeteries - securing burial space in London during the inter-war period’ (2016) ICCM Journal Vol 84 No 3 pp54-65


‘Ninety Years On: The Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1926’ (2017) ICCM Journal Vol 85 No 2 pp56-59


Other Publications


E Sergeant & Sons – A short History (Windsor based funeral directors)


The Development of Modern Embalming and the British Institute of Embalmers (for BIE Website)


T.H. Sanders: A Short History


W. S. Bond: A Short History

My articles are listed under the following categories:


Burial

Cremation

Embalming

Funeral Directing

Funeral Service History

Reviews

Other Publications

Current Research

Funeral Service History


‘Farewell to the appendages of sorrow: The development and demise of the funereal plume’ (2004) BIFD Journal Vol 18 No 3 pp13-15


‘TH Sanders Funeral Directors: A History’ (2005) BIFD Journal Vol 19 No 1 pp29-31


‘The Final Journey: Funeral Directors and Distance Transportation of the Dead’ (2006) The Embalmer Vol 50 No 1 pp13-19


‘The Funeral of Dr Barnardo’ (2007) BIFD Journal Vol 21 No 2 pp32-35


‘A Hearse, a Tram and the Law’ (with James Flynn QC) (2007) ICCM Journal Vol 75 No 4 pp42-46


‘The Unknown Story of the Unknown Warrior’ (2007) The Funeral Director Vol 90 No11 pp14-17 & Vol 90 No 12 pp70-73


‘Transport to Paradise – Part 1: The Horse Drawn Hearse’ (2008) Funeral Service Journal September Vol 123 No 9 pp97-119


‘Transport to Paradise – Part 3: Unusual and Novel’ Funeral Transport (2008) Funeral Service Journal Vol 123 No 11 pp80-99


‘New or Rediscovered?’ (2010) ICCM Journal Vol 78 no 3 pp47-53


‘The Management of Civilian Funerals in the Second World War’ (2011) BIFD Journal No 3 pp48-54


‘Funeral Service in London: A Short History’ contribution to London Association of Funeral Directors’ Banquet & Ball brochure (2012)


‘Rare First Funeral Book Makes Fascinating Reading’ (2013) The Funeral Director Vol 96 No 7 pp66-68


‘Mr Punch and the Undertakers’ (2013) ICCM Journal Vol 81 No 2 pp66-68. Also in The Funeral Director (2013) Vol 96 No 2 pp48-51


‘Incense in Kingsway: The Funeral of Father Arthur Stanton’ (2013) The Funeral Director Vol 96 no 3 pp57-59


‘Dickens and the Undertakers’ (2012) The Funeral Director Vol 95 no 9 pp18-19


‘The Funeral Business During WW1’ (2014) The Funeral Director Vol 97 no 8 pp28-?


‘Coffin Making in the 1930s: A Unique Insight’ (2015) Archive Issue 87 pp57-63


‘Obituary: Barry Albin-Dyer OBE, 1951-2015’ (2015) ICCM Journal Vol 83 No 3 p10

Cremation


‘Mortlake and the Art Deco Influence’ (2003) IBCA Journal Vol 71 No 2 pp20-23


‘South West Middlesex at 50’ (2004) ICCM Journal Vol 72 No 1 pp64-67


‘Where did the ashes go? The development of cremation and disposal of ashes 1885-1950. Part 1: Burying the Cremated’ (2005) IBCA Journal Vol 73 No 1 pp6-11


‘Where did the ashes go?  The development of cremation and disposal of ashes 1885-1950. Part 2 - From Grave to Gardens: Scattering and Gardens of Remembrance’ (2005) IBCA Journal Vol 73 No 2 pp28-43


‘From Welbeck to Woking: William Garstin and the first cremations’ (2005) Pharos International Vol 71 No 1 pp3-8


‘Cremation in England: The Legacy of Sir Henry Thompson. Part 1 – The early years: 1874-1885’ (2006) International Cemetery & Funeral Management Vol 66 No 1 pp26-29


‘Cremation in England: The Legacy of Sir Henry Thompson. Part 2 – Arrangements for the First Cremations: Coffins and Transport’ (2006) International Cemetery & Funeral Management Vol 66 No 2 pp23-27


‘Cremation in England: The Legacy of Sir Henry Thompson. Part 3 – Burying the Cremated Remains’ (2006) International Cemetery & Funeral Management Vol 66 No 3 pp70-75


‘Edward White and the Glades of Remembrance at Brookwood Cemetery’ (2008) Necropolis News Vol 5 No 2 pp3-14


‘Identifying key changes; the progress of cremation and its influence on music at funerals in England, 1874-2010’ (2011) Mortality Vol 17 no 2 pp130-144


‘The Development of West London’s Key Cemeteries and Crematoria’ (2015) ICCM Journal Vol 83 No 2 pp55-60


‘The Cleansing Fire. Cremation and Kensal Green’ (2015) The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery Magazine Vol 78 July pp9-15


‘The Centenary of West Norwood Crematorium’ (2015) ICCM Journal Vol 83 No 4 pp57-65


‘Left on the Shelf’ (2016) Pharos International Vol 82 No 1 pp26-28


‘Funeral Directors and the Promotion of Cremation: A Regional Perspective’ (2017) Pharos International Vol 83 No 3 pp32-41


Funeral Directing


The Changing Role of the Funeral Director’ (1997) IBCA Journal 1997 Vol 65 No 4 pp34-39


‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The Lifecycle of the UK Funeral Industry’ (1999) Mortality Vol 4 No 2 pp127-145


‘Funeral Service Education in England’ (2002) The Director vol 74 No 4 pp34-38


‘Conflict in the context of care; an examination of role conflict between the bereaved and the funeral director in the UK’ (2003) Mortality Vol 8 No 1 pp 67-87


 ‘From Institute to Association: The Formative Years of The British Undertakers’ Association’ The Funeral Director (2005) November Vol 88 No 11 pp8-9 & October Vol 88 No 12 pp8-9


 ‘Funerals and Funeral Directing in the UK’ (2006) Thanos Vol 49 No 3 pp10-15


 ‘Continuous Professional Development: Looking Outside the Box’ (2007) BIFD Journal Vol 22 No1 pp16-18


‘Unknown Undertaking: the History of Dotteridge Bros, Wholesale Suppliers to the Funeral Industry’ (2009) The Journal [of the BIFD] June


‘Left on the Shelf. Funeral Directors and Cremated Remains’ Funeral Director Monthly (2015) July Vol 98 No 7 pp26-29


‘Funerals During the Great War Part II’ Funeral Director Monthly (2016) Vol 99 Issue 2 pp50-53


‘Jumbo Went Lame’ (2017) Dignity Express Summer p14

Reviews


‘Dispatches’ (2012) The Funeral Director Vol 95 No 12 p53


‘The British Hearse’ (2012) The Funeral Director Vol 95 No 12 p53


‘The Sin-eater. A Breviary’ (2012) The Funeral Director Vol 95 No 11 p53


‘How to Read a Graveyard: Journeys in the Company of the Dead’ (2013) ICCM Journal Vol 81 No 3 p26


‘The Natural Death Handbook, fifth edition’ (2013) ICCM Journal Vol 81 No 1 p38


‘Bernie’ (Film) The Funeral Director (2013) Vol 96 no 6 p62


‘Natural Burial. Landscape, Practice and Experience’ (2015) The Funeral Director Vol 98 No 1 p59


‘Still Life (Film)’ (2015) The Funeral Director Vol 98 No 3 p35


‘The Undertakers’ Daughter’ (2015) The Funeral Director Vol 98 No 3 p34


‘Peace at the Last. Leading Funerals Well’ (2015) Funeral Director Monthly Vol 98 No 5 p74


‘An East End Farewell. Memories of an apprentice undertaker during the Blitz and beyond. The Life of Stan Cribb’ (2015) Funeral Director Monthly Vol 98 No 8 p58


‘Last Rides. Funeral Trams Around the World’ (2015) Funeral Director Monthly Vol 98 No 10 p10


‘The British Hearse Volume 3: The 1930s’ (2016) Funeral Director Monthly Vol 99 No 1 p54


‘The Art of Memory. Sculpture in the Cemeteries of London’ (2016) ICCM Journal Vol 84 No 3 p72


‘Cremation in Modern Scotland’ (2017) Pharos International Vol 83 No 3 pp46-47

Current Research


Portrait of Mortality: Croydon 1937. Death and Disposal in a London Suburb


Funeral Directors and the 1977 Strike


The Transportation of Coffins by Rail


‘From Undertaker to Funeral Director’ - A full-length study tracing the development of the British Funeral Industry during the twentieth century. Due for publication in 2018.

 

‘London Cemeteries in Old Photographs’. Due for publication in 2018

 

Embalming


‘The Pioneers of Preservation: The Development of Embalming in the UK’ (1995) The Embalmer Vol 38 No 1 pp16-24


‘Supply or demand? Perspectives on the increase in the practice of embalming during the 20th century (1997) The Embalmer Vol 40 No 4 pp6-11


‘George Lear: a fiftieth anniversary tribute’ (2004) The Embalmer Vol 47 No1 pp 11-15


‘Halford Mills: Funeral Reformer and Pioneer of Embalming’ (2005) The Embalmer Vol 48 No3 pp15-18


‘Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson: A Forgotten Pioneer of Embalming’ (2005) The Embalmer Vol 48 No 4 pp16-20


‘Salisbury 1906: A Landmark for English Embalmers’ (2006) The Embalmer Vol 49 No 3 pp18-23


‘Salisbury 1906: A Follow-up’ (2006) The Embalmer Vol 50 No 1 p22


‘Preservation and Professionalisation: Tracing the Development of the British Institute of Embalmers’ (2007) The Embalmer Vol 50 No 3 pp16-20


‘From Front Parlour to Funeral Parlour: The Development of the Chapel of Rest and the Funeral Home’ (2008) The Embalmer Vol 51 No3 pp21-29


‘Embalming in the First Half of the Twentieth Century: A Few Notable Examples’ (2009) The Embalmer Vol 52 No1 pp11-18


‘The R38 at Hull and the Work of the Embalmers’ (2011) The Embalmer Vol 54 No 3 pp25-27


‘George Lear Revisited’ (2012) The Embalmer Vol 55 No 4 pp19-25


‘A Champion of Embalming: Felix A Sullivan’ (2012) The Embalmer Vol 55 No 3 pp12-16


‘Frederick Wilkinson and his ‘Ethical Standard. Tracing the Origins of the Institute’s Code of Ethics’ (2013) The Embalmer Vol 56 No 3 pp29-33


‘A Unique Insight into an Early Embalming School’ (2014) The Embalmer Vol 56 No 4 pp27-29


Dr Blyth on the Hygiene of the Death Chamber’ (2014) The Embalmer Vol 57 No 2 pp41-47 [the hyperlink provided is to a pdf copy of this article]


‘The Western Undertaker and Embalming’ The Embalmer Vol 58 No 2 pp22-24


‘Funeral Directors and Distance transportation of the Dead’ The Embalmer Vol 59 No 4 pp31-39