This, the latest in the continuing series of podcasts Abi O’Connor and I are producing is about death, and particularly deathscapes. Those places where we take our dead. Places of remembering and other cultural significances, but also places of political geography as we now know from our interview for this podcast with Cameron Byron. Cameron being a geographer at the University of Liverpool, studying cemeteries and other aspects of death for the PhD he’s working on.
And in the interview, that you can listen to here, he walks us round some cemeteries, Flaybrick on the Wirral and Anfield here in Liverpool both getting some appreciative and also political attention. We talk about the class-bound death culture of the Victorians, gothic headstones as symbols of commercial success in life, then the move over time to more metropolitan graveyards as our cities filled up.
Even going on to discuss what you’ll hear me calling ‘the future of death.’ About how we might soon run out of space for the burials of our populations and be looking for alternatives. Fascinated? Well we were and recommend you give the podcast a listen.
And of course we talk through Covid’s effects on Cameron’s research. His ways round the closures of the archives he’d hoped to rely on. Advice from him for you if you’re also faced with having to change your own academic work. And how he’s doing himself in all this trouble and change. A good listen generally via a subject you might have avoided thinking about. But one that’s always there on the edges of our awareness and represented in the cemeteries near where you live. Deathscapes, there’s more to them than you might think.