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Dr Helen Frisby

'Grave Communications: an oral history of gravedigging'

'Grave Communications: an oral history of gravedigging' is a collaborative, inter-disciplinary research project exploring the tools, techniques, history and social significance of the gravedigging profession. Using oral history interviews suplemented by archival research, the project aims to document recent changes and record historic experiences of disposal and cemetery management practices. Unlike previous research in this area, the project captures the experiences of the person who is ultimate mediator of bodily disposal: the gravedigger.