Dying and the Dead module

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,...

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...

Continuing our series of posts from students on module entitled ‘Death, Dying and the Dead in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Claire writes the use of poetry in memory of the Aberfan disaster. By Claire Turner, MA Student, University of Leeds Deathscapes, or landscapes associated with death and dying, are becoming a popular...

Continuing our series of posts from students on module entitled ‘Death, Dying and the Dead in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Susy writes about her own family history, and a poem she thinks captures the memory of her grandfather and his brother. By Susy Goldstone, MA Student, University of Leeds I was not fortunate...

As part of a module entitled ‘Death, Dying and the Dead in Twentieth-Century Britain’, some of my MA students have written blog posts about different aspects of death and dying in this period. I’ll be publishing these here fortnightly, and we start with Debra Kontowtt’s fascinating post about a special...