Talk: The Art of Mourning Jewellery in the Victorian Era.  18 February 7.30pm - see events


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Material Memories: The Art of Mourning Jewellery in the Victorian Era.

Thursday 18 February 2016 £7Book now

 7.30pm.  Doors open at 7pm

Through their physical proximity to the body, jewelled goods are highly personal objects. Jewellery has the power to create strong memories, either through its materiality or in invocations implied through inscriptions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Victorian mourning jewellery.

In this talk, Dr Natasha Awais-Dean illustrates the art of mourning jewellery in this period and explores its sentiment and significance to the people who wore it.

Neighbour Day: free entry to East Cemetery for our neighbours!

Sunday 28 February 2016 Free for residents of N6, N19 and NW5 with proof of address!

Come along and visit Highgate Cemetery East for free, during our regular opening hours on Sunday 28 February 2016. Last entry 3.30pm. 

You just need to bring proof of address -- a bill or other official document must be shown. No booking required. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Paths can be slippery. Please wear sturdy shoes. 

Note: this is the side where Karl Marx is buried. The West Cemetery can only be visited by guided tour for which normal charges apply. 

Douglas Adams in the 21st Century: a talk by Jem Roberts

Friday 11 March 2016 £7Book now

Starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

To mark the birthday of Douglas Adams, comedy historian and Adams' official biographer Jem Roberts examines how the universe has changed since the loss of the visionary humourist 15 years ago and how we are now living in the world he predicted at the end of the last century – with exclusive readings from the unpublished Adams archive.

Jem Roberts is the official chronicler of the nation’s favourite radio comedy I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and the nation’s favourite sitcom, Blackadder. His third book, DOUGLAS ADAMS: THE FROOD was published as a 35th Anniversary Celebration of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Mrs Henry Wood - Victorian Bestseller: A talk by Dr Andrew Maunder

Thursday 14 April 2016 £7Book now

Doors open at 7pm starts 7.30pm

One of the grandest marble tombs in Highgate Cemetery belongs to Ellen Wood (1814-1887). Under the familiar trademark `Mrs Henry Wood’ she was one of the most popular novelists of the nineteenth century outselling Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Unlike them, however, this diminutive figure who lived much of her life as an invalid is no longer a household name. In her own day she was famous for scandalous novels dealing with adultery, murder, alcoholism, forgery, the most famous of which East Lynne (1861) became a famous stage play and film. It is one of the plays of this novel which contains the famous line: 'Dead, dead, and never called me mother', making Wood synonymous with powerful brand of weeping melodrama. Wood is a curious figure, a very `respectable’ woman who became a celebrity on the basis of lurid novels but who after the First World War became forgotten. This talk will examine Wood’s life, her appeal for Victorian readers and what she tells us about the illusory nature of fame.

Andrew Maunder is Head of English at the University of Hertfordshire and is the author of books on nineteenth century crime and of biographies of Bram Stoker and Wilkie Collins.

The Frock Coated Communist: The Life of Frederick Engels a talk by Dr Tristram Hunt MP

Thursday 26 May 2016 £10Book now


Friedrich Engels is one of the most attractive and contradictory figures of the nineteenth century. Born to a prosperous mercantile family in west Germany, he spent his career working in the Manchester cotton industry, riding to the Cheshire hounds, and enjoying the comfortable, middle-class life of a Victorian gentleman. Yet Engels was also the co-founder of international communism - the philosophy which in the 20th century came to control one third of the human race. He was the co-author of The Communist Manifesto, a ruthless party tactician, and the man who sacrificed his best years so Karl Marx could write Das Kapital.

In this talk Tristram Hunt examines the diversity and exuberance of Engels's era: how one of the great bon viveurs of Victorian Britain reconciled his raucous personal life with this uncompromising political philosophy.