‘The Life of Friedrich Engels’ a talk by Dr Tristram Hunt MP - Thursday 26 May - see events page


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The Frock Coated Communist: The Life of Friedrich 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.

Monumental stone masonry and letter cutting - an introduction

Saturday 18 June 2016 Tickets £95, including materials


Saturday 18 June 2016 10.30am to 5pm

Spend a day learning about the historic craft of monumental stone masonry and the practical skills required to shape a block of stone and inscribe lettering and take home your own piece of work on Portland stone. Led by Highgate Cemetery’s resident stone mason Neil Luxton, this practical, hands-on course is specifically for those with no experience of stone masonry.

The day will begin with a tour of the cemetery looking at various monuments and their construction and then you will then spend the rest of the day learning how to use essential stone masonry tools in order to work an edge to a scribed line, and more. No previous experience or artistic skills are needed come and enjoy yourself and discover your own creative abilities. You will be introduced to the basics of both classical and contemporary letter forms by means of the creation of a simple inscription from an initial design.

Tools and personal protective wear provided.

Tickets £95. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.
20 places

Neil Luxton

Neil has been resident mason at Highgate Cemetery since 1997.  Here he has created memorials for such famous individuals as Jeremy Beadle, Malcolm McLaren, Beryl Bainbridge, Jean Simmons and Anthony Shaffer.  He also works to private commission at his studio in Sudbury, Suffolk.