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Daniel O'Brien

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20192020

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Dr Daniel O’Brien is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath. His research focuses on the undertaking trade and their products in eighteenth century England. This has included a detailed analysis of the early trade in the west of England, with a specific focus on the prosperous settlements of Bath, Bristol and Salisbury. His research also seeks to understand how the undertakers and their goods were perceived by society, by analysing how funerals were presented in the popular culture of the period. Drawing upon an eclectic range of source materials has enabled him to consider simple, but often overlooked, questions about how people’s knowledge about the early trade was formed.

Key themes:

  • Undertaking trade in eighteenth century England
  • The reception of the early undertaking trade
  • Death in eighteenth century popular culture
  • Funerals and sociability

Education/Academic qualification

History, Doctor of Philosophy

Sep 2010Nov 2018

Death and Society, Master in Science, Centre for Death and Society

Oct 2008Sep 2009

History, Bachelor of Arts, Bath Spa University

Sep 2005Jun 2008

Keywords

  • D204 Modern History
  • eighteenth century
  • HM Sociology
  • death

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