The Cremation Society of Great Britain

Annual Cremation Conference 2002

The Imperial Hotel, Torquay

Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 2002

Wednesday 10th July

14.15 Opening of Conference and Presidential Address, the Rt. Hon. the Earl Grey

14.30 Funding of Crematoria and Cemeteries, Mr Richard Harbord Secretary, MPhil, IPFA, IRRV, FCLA, CIPFA Representative and Managing Director of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

"Break Out" Session

15.30 Building the Gates to Elysium: The Architecture of Post War British Crematoria, Dr Hilary J Grainger, BA(Hons), Ph.D. FRSA. Associate Dean and Head of Historical and Professional Studies, Staffordshire University

19.00 Welcome Evening and Viewing of Exhibition

Thursday 11 July

9.30 Changing Christian Beliefs about Life after Death, The Very Revd. David L Edwards D.D., O.B.E.

10.15 Abrupt Death, Abrupt Disposal? Unexpected Loss and Bereavement Support, Gordon Riches BEd, MA(Ed), M.A. Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Education, Human Sciences and Law, University of Derby


10.40 Coffee

10.55 Purchasing at Need Funerals: The Changing Social Context, Dr Jenny Hockey B.A., Ph.D. Social Anthropology. Reader at the University of Hull


11.30 The Work of the Churches' Funeral Group, Revd Dr Paul P J Sheppy, B.D. (London), Ph.D. (Leeds), The Churches' Group on Funerals at Cemeteries and Crematoria


12.45 Delegates' Lunch

14.30 Civil Registration: Vital Change, Mr Kieron Mahony, Legislation and Policy Manager, General Register Office, Office for National Statistics


15.10 Where Have All the Ashes Gone?, Leonie Kellaher, B.Sc. Principal Research Officer, Faculty of Environmental and Social Studies, University of North London


15.45 Cremation in Australia, Mr Peter D MacLean PSM, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, Perth

Cremation in France, Monsieur Pierre Vidallet, President, La Société des Crématoriums de France

Cremation in Greece, Ms Tania Kolias, journalist


17.00 Tea

Friday 12th July

9.30 The Cremation Act 1902: from Private to Local to General Mr Stephen White, MSc (Wales), BA (Oxon), Dip.Crim. (Cantab), Visiting Lecturer, Cardiff Law School, University of Wales


10.15 Crematorium Medical Referees: Which Way Forward?, Dr David McLay, O.B.E., former Chief Medical Officer of Strathclyde Police, Medical Referee for Glasgow(Mayhill) and Craigton Crematoria



11.15 The Anatomy Act and Cremation, Dr Jeremy S Metters C.B., MA, FRCOG, FFPHM, HM Inspector of Anatomy, Department of Health


11.45 The Forensic History of Tooth Restoration and he Problem for the Forensic Scientist, Professor David K Whittaker, BDS, Ph.D., FRSA, F.D.S.R.C.S., Dip. Forens. Odont, University of Wales College of Medicine


12.30 Lunch

14.30 The Work of the Retained Organs Commission: One Year On, Mr Steve Catling, Chief Executive, Retained Organs Commission, NHS

15.15 Presidents' Panel

Harvey Thomas C.B.E., Member of Council of Cremation Society, Moderator
Adrian Hale, President, British Institute of Embalmers
Richard Fenn, President, British Institute of Funeral Directors
Michael Critchley, President, National Association of Memorial Masons

16.00 Closing of Conference

19.30 Conference Banquet

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