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My Lectures

Brian Parsons is available to give the following presentations:



Other lectures are in preparation and enquiries for lectures on related subjects are welcome.


All lectures last 45/50 minutes and are accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation of many rarely seen images.


For further details please contact Brian Parsons

Email: info@brianparsons.org.uk

List of Lectures


Forthcoming Lectures

2019 Lectures

2018 Lectures

2017 Lectures

2016 Lectures

2015 Lecures

2014 Lectures

Earlier Lectures

Lectures in 2015


‘Portrait of the Work of the Undertaker’. Southern District of the London Association of Funeral Directors, 12 January 2015


‘The History of F W Paine’. West Surrey History Society (Feltham Branch), 24 February 2015


‘Funeral Directing in War and Peace’. NAFD Yorkshire Educational Weekend, Scarborough, 21-22 March 2015


‘Premature Burial and the Undertakers When is Death?’ Conference, University of Leicester, 16-18 April 2015


‘Burying the Dead in London: An insight from 1965’ Cemeteries Colloquium, University of York, 15 May 2015


‘F W Paine: Serving the community in war and peace’ Lecture given at F W Paine, Kingston, 6 October 2015


‘The Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill: 30 January 1965’ Lecture given at

J H Kenyon, 83 Westbourne Grove, London W2, 13 October 2015

Lectures in 2014


‘The history of UK funeral practices’ For the Death Salon, Barts Pathology Museum, 12 April 2014


‘Clients, competition and communication’, Scotmid Funeral Conference, 5 May 2014


‘Frederick W Paine: A Unique History of Service to the Community’, 13 May 2014


Abandoning Burial. Explaining a Regional Shift Towards Cremation’, Cemeteries Colloquium, University of York, 16 May 2014


‘Undertaking History’, University of Westminster Summer School, 9 July 2014


‘Frederick W Paine: Serving the Community in War and Peace’, 10 July 2014


Frederick W Paine: Serving the Community in War and Peace’, 2 October 2014


‘Undertakers and coffin’, 8 October 2014, Newman Brothers Coffin Furnishing Factory, Birmingham


‘Funeral service in West London - A Short History’, 11 November 2014, Western District of the London Association of Funeral Directors


‘The Magnificent Seven’, 17 December 2014, Lauderdale House, Highgate


Forthcoming Lectures


 2021


New Insights into London Cemeteries

6 January 2021 6.30pm http://www.mmtrust.org.uk/events

An online event


2020

 

The Cemeteries of South London

1 February 2020

North West Kent Family History Society



Postponed Lectures (due to COVID-19)


Title to be confirmed

12 February 2020

Society of Genealogists


 

 The Cemeteries of London

31 March 2020

Monuments and Mausolea Trust

 

 

Using funeral and burial records for research and genealogy

4 June 2020

Society of Genealogists



Writers on Embalming

27 June 2020

British Institute of Embalmers (Midlands Division)


Lectures in 2017


‘The Work of the Funeral Director’, University of York, Thursday 2 February 2017.


‘The Funeral Director and Dealing with Bereaved Families’, Academy of Forensic Medical Science, Thursday 9 February 2017.


‘The Cemeteries of South London’ - Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, Saturday 18 February 2017.


‘The History of Mortlake Crematorium’, Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society, Monday 20 February 2017.


‘The History of Ayton Castle’, Monday 20 March 2017.


‘The Changing Face of Funerals’, Ayton Scottish WI, Wednesday 22 March 2017.


‘Frederick W Paine: Serving the Community in War and Peace’, Surbiton and District Historical Society, 2 May 2017

 

‘Frederick W Paine: A History of Service to the Community’, F W Paine, Kingston, 13 June 2017


‘The Cemeteries of South London’, Friends of Nunhead Cemetery, 15 June 2017


‘Burying Enza: The Spanish flu and the burial of the dead in London’, The Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery, 20 June 2017


‘The History of Mortlake Crematorium’, Richmond Local History Society, 8 July 2017


‘The History of Mortlake Crematorium’, Know your place – Richmond upon Thames Heritage Festival, 12 September 2017

 

‘The Changing Face of Funerals in South London’, F W Paine, Kingston, 19 September 2017


‘The History of Mortlake Crematorium’, Acton History Group, 8 November 2017

Lectures in 2016


‘A Tale of Two Cemeteries: Securing new burial space in London during the interwar period’ - Seventeenth Colloquium of Cemeteries, University of York, Friday 20th May, 2016


‘Frederick Paine: Serving the Community in War and Peace’ - Frederick W Paine Museum, 24 Old London Road, Kingston KT2 6QG, Tuesday 21 June 2016


‘Funeral Directors and the Promotion of Cremation: A Regional Perspective’ - Cremation & Burial Communication & Education Conference, Stratford-on-Avon, Monday 4 July 2016


‘Cremation in London: the Development of Cremation in the Capital’ - Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, Thursday 8 September 2016 at 7.30pm.


‘The History of Frederick Paine Funeral Directors’ - Esher District Local History Society, Saturday 10 September 2016 at 2.30pm.


‘Frederick Paine: Serving the Community in War and Peace’ - Maldens & Coombe Heritage Society. Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 7pm.


‘Mortlake Crematorium’: a talk on the development of cremation and the story behind Mortlake Crematorium. This event is part of Open House London 2016. Sunday 18 September 2016 in the Crematorium Chapel at Mortlake.


‘The Cemeteries of South London’ - Frederick W Paine Museum, 24 Old London Road, Kingston KT2 6QG, Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 7pm.


‘Frederick Paine: Serving the Community in War and Peace’ - Frederick W Paine Museum, 24 Old London Road, Kingston KT2 6QG, Tuesday 4 October 2016 at 7pm.


‘London Cemeteries’ - Highgate Cemetery, Thursday 20 October 2016 (Part of the ‘London Month of the Dead’ events)


‘The Story of the Unknown Warrior’ - J H Kenyon Funeral Directors, 83 Westbourne Grove W2 4UL, Thursday 27 October 2016.


‘The History of Frederick Paine’ - The Mausolea & Monuments Trust, Saturday 12 November 2016.


Lectures in 2018


‘The History of Ayton Castle’, Ayton Local History Society, 20 January 2018.


‘Frederick W Paine: Serving the Community in War and Peace’, Hook Women’s Guild, 14 May 2018.


‘London and the Spanish Flu’, FW Paine Kingston, 17 July 2018.


‘The Cemeteries of South London’, North West Kent Family History Society, 18 August 2018.


‘Ayton Castle: Past, Present and Future’, Berwickshire Naturalists, 23 August 2018.


‘Go direct to the crematorium; do not pass through the chapel, pay £1,000 and collect the ashes’. Exploring the phenomenon of direct cremation. Death & Culture II, University of York, 6-7 September 2018.

 

‘Burying Enza - London and the Spanish Flu’, FW Paine Kingston, 27 September 2018.

 

‘Frederick W Paine and the Changing Face of Funerals’, Borough of Twickenham Local History Society, 1 October 2018.

 

‘Frederick W Paine: Serving the Community in War and Peace’, Molesey & District Antiques Society, 2 October 2018.

 


Lectures in 2019


‘The History of Ayton Castle’, Ayton Local History Society, 30 January 2019.


‘London and the Spanish Flu’, Society of Genealogists, 14 February 2019


‘Funeral Directors’ Records’ (and history of F W Paine), Society of Genealogists, 14 March 2019

 

‘The Changing Face of Funerals in South London’, Barnes & Mortlake History Society, 21 March 2019


‘London and the Spanish Flu’, Society of Genealogists, 14 February 2019


‘Funeral Directors’ Records (and history of F W Paine)’, Society of Genealogists, 14 March 2019

 

‘The Changing Face of Funerals in South London’ Barnes & Mortlake History Society, 21 March 2019


‘The Cemeteries of South London, F W Paine, Kingston, 14 May 2019


‘A Very English Building: The Cemetery Chapel’, Great Gardens of Death: Victorian Society Conference on Cemeteries, 18 May 2019


‘From Undertaker to Funeral Director: Organisational Change in the British Funeral Industry‘ Presentation given to the Competition and Markets Authority, 16 July 2019


‘The Changing Face of Funerals in London’, Westminster Archive Centre, 31 October 2019


‘Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory: Anglo-Catholics and their Funerals’, Lecture for the Friends of St Cuthbert’s Church Earl’s Court, 4 November 2019