The Politics and Practice of Deathscapes and Diversity

Policy-briefing Report Launch Event and Exhibition

The Meadow Suite, University of Reading

Wednesday 13thJune, 11am – 4pm



In light of increasing ethnic and religious diversity, there is a need for diversity-ready cemeteries, crematoria and remembrance sites in the UK. The AHRC-ESRC Deathscapes & Diversity research project has investigated the politics and practices of migrant and minority cemetery and crematoria provision in four case towns in England and Wales, working with local providers and communities. The project is supported by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute for Cemetery and Crematorium Management, andaims to catalyse a more inclusive policy and research agenda across the sector.

A policy-briefing report for local and national government and other service providers will be launched at the University of Reading on June 13, outlining challenges, opportunities and examples of good practice for cemetery and crematoria spaces and practices in multicultural England and Wales. During the day, the report will be presented to and workshopped with a variety of stakeholders, including diverse user groups, academics, local authority planners and bereavement services. In addition, there will be a photographic exhibition portraying culturally diverse cemetery and crematorium practices, and the experiences of project participants.

The launch is by invitation only, but there are a few spaces remaining, please contact us by June 1stif you would like to attend.