Hull academics to analyse modern mourning

Published: Saturday 7th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Researchers at the University of Hull are launching an innovative project exploring the changing face of mourning in Britain.

As hundreds of people turn out to pay their respects at Beverley Minster’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service on November 8, the academics will be conducting a survey asking why they continue to commemorate the millions who lost their lives in the line of duty.

It marks the launch of ‘Remember Me – the Changing Face of Memorialisation’, an £850,000 research programme into the rituals and memorials surrounding death and dying, from the dawn of human history to the 21st Century.

Professor Margaret Holloway, of the University’s School of Social Sciences, is leading the project.

She hopes the 30-month study, which is being funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will offer an insight into why the way loved ones are remembered is changing.

Internet memorial sites are starting to appear, while ‘DIY’ funerals are becoming increasingly popular.

It is the first systematic attempt to analyse new types of mourning ritual. The project will culminate in a major national conference and public exhibition that coincides with the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2017.

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Published: Saturday 7th November 2015 by The News Editor

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