Victorian Culture of Death



In the 19th century, death was far less taboo than it is today.
The Victorians were professional mourners who openly embraced the harsh realities of death through unique cultural practices.

One such practice was post-mortem photography, or the practice of photographing the recently deceased.

Andrea Hutslar, Outreach Curator at Ruthmere Museum, will delve into the process and history behind post-mortem photography, how to spot a post-mortem photograph, and other ways the Victorians honored the dead.