Victorian funerals tended to be characterised by their level of ostentation and cost, but these are only two aspects concerning obsequies in a period that witnessed developments such as the expansion of the undertaking industry, the opening of new cemeteries and mortality-related legislation. In addition, late nineteenth century innovations included cremation, the provision of mortuary accommodation and moves to reform funerals. Drawing from a range of sources including funeral and burial records, this London-focused presentation will examine the changing face of the Victorian funeral.
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