International Conference on Cemetery Studies (Athens, 18 -20 April 2024)

After Life: A History of Death

27 October 2023 – 5 July 2024, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

After Life’ explores changing views of death from antiquity to the present day. It uses the remarkable collections of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and its library – Scotland’s oldest and largest medical library – to uncover the history of death. An original copy of Napoleon Bonaparte’s post-mortem, written on Saint Helena Island, and a diary documenting the last days of celebrated Edinburgh physician James Young Simpson are displayed alongside a broadside proclaiming the execution of famous Edinburgh murderer William Burke.

Find full details at the College of Physicians website.


The Cemetery Research Group runs two events a year: in May and in November. Follow the links and send in an abstract