We talk a lot in contemporary society about people’s ‘lifestyle’, but arguably less about their ‘death-style’. Death remains something of a taboo subject and for many people crematoria tend to be ‘invisible’ buildings despite the move from burial to cremation representing one of the most fundamental cultural changes of the past 150 years. Cremation was revived by the Victorians in the 1870s and Lawnswood, opened in 1905, was the UK’s eleventh crematorium. This lecture explores its significant contribution to the architectural expression of cremation during the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
About the speaker
Professor Hilary J Grainger OBE is Professor Emerita, Architectural History, University of the Arts London and an Honorary Professor at Durham University. She is Chair of the Victorian Society and the Cremation Society of Great Britain and Vice-President of the International Cremation Federation. Her most recent book, Designs on Death: The Architecture of Scottish Crematoria was published by Birlinn in 2020.
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