Daniel O’Brien

Profile

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.

 dob21@bath.ac.uk

Daniel is the recipient of a conference bursary award.

Panel 4: Death, Mourning & Commemoration

‘A flock of ravens’: the intermedial development of the fictional undertaker in eighteenth century England