I'm a PhD student researching the role of mortuary archaeology in contemporary British society. Think of this as a scrapbook of all the interesting links, snippets of information and random bits and bobs I come across pertaining to death, dying and the dead. Enjoy?!

Death: Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living

Friday 27 January - Sunday 29 January 2012

The Ultimate Equalizer, The Grim Reaper, The Blessed Release. One thing is certain - we all have death in common and this January we defy taboos and take a look at this unknowable certainty from many angles.

Through music, workshops, literature and installations, and talking with everyone from philosophers to funeral workers, we examine our attitudes towards death and why we are so reticent to talk about it.

Ohhhh, I want to go! Click here for further details and event listings.

Life Before Death…
This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying - and living. 
The series was displayed at the Wellcome Collection in 2008 and you can watch an interview with Schels and Lakotta here.

Life Before Death…

This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying - and living. 

The series was displayed at the Wellcome Collection in 2008 and you can watch an interview with Schels and Lakotta here.