Monumental exhibition of burial art

Funeral kite

Story by Saleema Imam | Photo by Victoria Smith.

An exhibition about World Burial practices is currently open in the North chapel in Burngreave cemetery until May this year. An informative book about the exhibition written by Steve Cook is available.

Starting on Sunday 10th April the exhibition will be open Sunday, Wednesday and Easter Day from 11 – 3, and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday from 2-6.00pm. Come and meet the author and Vicki who built most of the structures, too.

Our annual well dressing and Big Lunch picnic will happen on Saturday 4th June with a theme reflecting the Queen’s jubilee. Join us and the Adventure playground in the cemetery from noon onwards for fun and entertainment.


World Burial Practices. Author: Stephen L Cooke. B.Sc.

Explore the many ways of burying the dead from earliest known times.

Artist Victoria Smith has created models illustrating the various burial methods from the book including: Sumerian slipper coffin, Minoan Larnax burial chest, Dakota Sioux sky burial, Japanese Jamon jar burial and Guatemalan “Day of the Dead” kites. There is a memorial table for visitors to add a name they wish to be commemorated. We also wish to remember those who died of Covid-19.

Bring a small photo or memento. Pebbles and pens available. Copies of World Burial Practices available by donation.

April 2022 Opening Times

  • 2pm – 6pm. Tuesday 12th
  • 11am- 3pm. Wednesday 13th
  • 2pm – 6pm Thursday 14th
  • 2pm – 6pm Friday 15th
  • 11am -3pm Saturday 16th
  • 11am – 3pm Sunday 17th
  • 2 pm – 6pm Monday 18th

At North Chapel, Burngreave Cemetery, Melrose Road, S3 9DN.

Cemetery Exhibition Poster

Funeral kite