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Dr Helen Frisby

Biography

Helen is an internationally recognised expert on the history, folklore and material culture of death, dying and bereavement. She has appeared on the History Channel and BBC Radio 4 discussing popular Victorian funeral customs. Helen is particularly interested in working with folklore and material-visual culture as sources of historical evidence, and theoretically with the concepts of custom and tradition, popular culture and ‘history from below’.

Helen is a Committee Member of the Folklore Society, Secretary of the Association for the Study of Death & Society (ASDS), and a Member of the Royal Historical Society. Helen obtained her PhD on The Spiritual, Social and Emotional Significance of Death and Dying in Yorkshire, c.1840-c.1914 from the University of Leeds, UK, in 2009. Other current projects include a monograph on the moral economy of the Victorian folk funeral.