Events

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Professor Heard’s Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Show

Thursday 11 December 2014 £10

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Starts 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm.

Sights, frights, moral warnings, picture stories and strange phenomena from the century before cinema. Professor Mervyn Heard conjures up some of the more bizarre, terrifying, erotic and baffling examples of lantern stories, photographic weirdness and optical effects.

Professor Heard tours internationally, recreating original Victorian magic lantern entertainments of various kinds, drawing on a unique collection of vintage hand-painted and photographic magic lantern slides which he presents on a magnificent showman’s lantern.

He regularly performs to sell-out audiences at The Little Shop of Horrors in Hackney, and is the author of Phantasmagoria – The Secret Life of the Magic Lantern. In 2006 he created a phantasmagoria installation for the Gothic Nightmares exhibition at Tate Britain.

“... 19th century history has never been so fresh, so entertaining or quite so surprising ...” The Guardian

Some material may not be suitable for children.

Radclyffe Hall: a talk by Diana Souhami

Thursday 22 January 2015 TICKETS £7 INCLUDING A GLASS OF WINEBook now

Starts 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm.

Diana Souhami, author of The Trials of Radclyffe Hall, will talk of the tangle of Radclyffe Hall's love life and why Una Troubridge her partner for 25 years is not buried in Highgate Cemetery with her.

Diana Souhami is the author of many highly acclaimed books, many of them about lesbians, including Gertrude and Alice, Mrs Keppel and her Daughter, Natalie and Romaine, Coconut Chaos, and Gluck: Her Biography. Her latest book, Gwendolen: a novel, was published in September 2014

Buried Treasure? Valuing the Dead in Nineteenth-Century England : A talk by Dr David McAllister

Thursday 19 February 2015 TICKETS £7 INCLUDING A GLASS OF WINEBook now

Starts 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm.

Dr David McAllister will discuss attitudes to burial in the years leading up to the birth of the Garden Cemetery movement in the early nineteenth century and the establishment of Highgate Cemetery itself. His talk will focus on attempts by a series of writers including Wordsworth, Burke, Godwin and Bentham to identify the value of buried bodies, and to establish whether the grave was anything more than an inefficient dumping ground for human remains.

David McAllister is a lecturer in Victorian Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, and course director of its MA in Victorian Studies.