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Dr Helen Frisby


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.