The Cremation Society of Great Britain deposited its archives at Durham University in 1998 and 2015. They are held at the Palace Green Library. This unique and extensive historical archive on cremation includes materials from across the world and is a ready resource for researchers.
Contents: Materials deposited cover the breadth of the Cremation Society’s history and activities from its foundation up until 2014. The collection includes the contents of the Society’s Library holdings of books, journals, pamphlets and trade literature. The research interests of the Society are extensive and, as well as early propaganda material, it includes resources extending from developments in cremation practice, to bereavement and architecture. Parliamentary papers and official publications, including the developments in the statutory forms for cremation which the Society established, are filed separately. Other archive contents include extensive correspondence, promotional material and background information. The archive has a strong international character with a series of overseas correspondence which reflects the fact that the Society has had close contacts with cremationist bodies in other countries since its foundation.
Pictured: Letter from President of the Cremation Society of Perak, Dr Wu Lien-teh, to the British Cremation Society (British Cremation Society Archive CRE/P/2/Malaya/1).
The Palace Green Library now also holds the archive of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities, which the Federation donated in 2019.
Contents: Journals, minutes of the National Executive Committee, general correspondence, reports on visits to crematoria, conference programmes and reports on issues relating to cremation and burial