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Talk: Material Memories: Victorian Mourning Jewellery 7.30pm

Thursday 27 October 2016 £7Book now

by Dr Natasha Awais-Dean

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

Doors open at 7.00pm

Reflect and Remember: East Cemetery candle-lighting late opening for All Saints’ Evening

Tuesday 1 November 2016 Tickets £4. Free for grave owners, Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, and under-18s accompanied by adults. Book now

East Cemetery open until 7pm. last entry 6.30pm

All Saints’ Day is a day for the general commemoration of those who have gone before us. Many grave-owners at Highgate Cemetery already place candles on their graves around this date and this late opening is to give a wider opportunity for reflection and remembrance.
This opening is restricted to the main tarmac paths of the East Cemetery: as far as Marx to the east and the Chester Road gate to the south. If graveowners wish to visit their graves in other locations in the East they may do so entirely at their own risk. The West Cemetery will not be open.

  • Candles will be available for sale. You may bring your own candles, which should be in fireproof containers. Bring matches too!
  • Each person should bring a torch
  • Please wear sturdy shoes, especially if it is wet
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Uncovered glass containers will be removed following the ceremony, as will any extinguished candles. 

Talk: Death and Burial: from Père Lachaise to Highgate 7.30pm

Tuesday 22 November 2016 £7Book now

By Dr Seth Gopin

Though Paris is the city of love and romance, it is also the place where the modern traditions of Western death and burial were established.

Dr Gopin's lecture will trace the tradition of mass burial in Parisian church graveyards to the new modern idea of the world's first cemetery, Père Lachaise, in 1804, to Highgate Cemetery in 1839, then seen as the culmination of the ideal of burying in a cemetery.

Dr Seth Gopin is a man of a great many interests and talents. After retiring from his post as lecturer in Art History, and a popular dean of academic affairs at Rutgers University, he worked for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile as editor of their North American newsletter. He also worked as a background actor in many successful TV shows and films. He was knighted by the French prime minister for his groundbreaking work in popularizing the history of the city of Paris to Americans.

Doors open at 7pm

BE AMAZED! The Magic of David Devant 7.30pm

Tuesday 20 December 2016 £10Book now

by Ian Keable

David Devant was considered the best magician of his era, at a time when magic was at the height of its popularity. He was a superb and charming performer, a wonderful inventor of magic tricks, wrote extensively on magic and was one half of the most famous partnership in British conjuring history: Maskelyne and Devant. In 1905 he was appointed first president of the Magic Circle and in 1912 was invited to appear at the first ever Royal Variety Show. Forced into early retirement through ill health at the age of fifty-two in 1920, he died in 1941 and was buried in Highgate Cemetery.

Ian Keable is a professional magician and lecturer, with an extensive knowledge of magic history. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, and has also received The Magic Circle Comedy Award.

Ian will not only be talking about, and illustrating, the magical life of David Devant, but will also perform a couple of Devant-inspired magic tricks.

Doors open 7pm