Welcome to Burials & Beyond, a light-hearted blog about ‘life, death, and the weird bits in-between.’
I’m Dr Kate Cherrell, a British enthusiast of cemeteries, death history, miserable victorians, and the paranormal.
Burials & Beyond is a passion-project; an outlet for me to explore and record my interests and adventures with good humour and a lot of photos. The content here is very varied, but is all categorised under the same odd and entertaining umbrella.
Alongside my academic work, I’m a writer, public speaker and occasional TV contributor. Should you want to read, watch, or listen to any additional work, head over to the Videos & Other Content. All upcoming live (in person or online) lectures and a selection of past dates are at Talks and Lectures, and if you want to enquire about talks, articles, work, or simply want to have a natter, head to the Contact tab or find me over on my social media.
I can currently be seen appearing in Jack Osbourne’s Haunted Homecoming (Discovery, 2022) as a co-host and paranormal historian. I am also featured in the upcoming documentary Spectre or Spectacle (2023).
In 2021, I opened the Burials & Beyond Patreon Clubhouse. From as little as £1 a month, members gain access to four brand new posts every week (articles, pictures, video, audio) and full access to all existing content. Loads of exclusive stuff goes on Patreon, never to be seen on the main site. From lectures to haunted potatoes and spectral mongooses, it’s a relaxed environment with something for everyone.
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Hi kate,what a brilliant site.I,m a collector of antique clothes 1830 onwards and early cycles 1868 to 1960 s.My husband and self can usually be found cycling in our late Victorian outfits on our early bikes.We,ve probably frightened a few people as we stop to explore churches and graveyards!I do have quite a bit of mourning clothing ,all very elegant,but one of my favourites is a c1916 dress.Is it true that some women in 1s t ww took to wearing white as mourning,also mourning for children in 1920 s working class culture,what clothes would have been worn ?Hope you can point me in right direction for any info.Thank you .Jackie
Hi Jackie, sorry for taking so long to respond. Its fantastic to hear from another clothing collector! The image of you and your husband in such wonderful outfits is so charming. I’ve been hoping to sew a similar outfit for myself and I might just manage it this year.
As far as widows in white goes, I know that fiancees who lost their betrothed during the war were referred to as ‘white widows’, although this didn’t reflect in their dress, to my knowledge.
As for working class, I have very few examples (photographs etc) of children in morning from this period. Those that I do have are pictured beside coffins and are simply dressed smartly. It seems that at the turn of the century, even the crepe arm bands were done with.
A fantastic resource is a book called ‘Mourning Dress’ by Lou Taylor; its definitely worth the investment. xx
hi Kate ,sorry I haven,t got back to you sooner.Just looked at my emails!Will try and source the book you recommend.Have you read To Prove I,m Not Forgot by Sylvia Barnard?.I t,s the history of Beckett Street Cemetery and a truly fascinating book.Written by someone else who appreciates the morbid fascination of a good cemetery.