Death

Content warning: the following post contains description of the inhumane killing and burial practices at the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, as part of the Holocaust. This post continues our series from students on ‘Death, Dying and the Dead’, an MA history module at the University of Leeds. This post, by Stephanie Bennett,...

Writing about the dead is a compelling way to remember. Capturing a person’s character, their likes and dislikes, their stories and memories on paper – or online – feels like a good way to remember them as an individual. This can take so many forms, from a notice or obituary...

This is the first post after a loooong time. Parental leave and then a pandemic don’t lead to blogging it seems. But here’s a new year, if a strange one, and a chance to get this blog back up and running. I’ll be writing on this blog about families’ remembrance...

Our final post in our series of blog posts from MA students turns our attention to another pioneering woman, Violet Van der Elst, in this piece from Joe. By Joe Tollington, MA Student, University of Leeds On the 16th April, 1935, a pristine black Rolls Royce pushed its way through a thick...

This week’s post turns our attention to a pioneer in changing medical treatment for the dying, Cicely Saunders, in Ruby’s contribution to our series of blog posts from MA students.  By Ruby Lucas, MA Student, University of Leeds As the rather dramatic title of her biography, ‘Changing the Face of...

This week, we continue the focus on spiritualism, in our series of blog posts from MA students with this contribution from Yulia. By Yulia Volkovaya  The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw increasing interest in all things spiritual: from accounts claiming communication with ghosts, to public séance performances. The idea...