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Events

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East Cemetery Special Tour

Saturday 29 August 2015 £8 entrance and tour. Children under 18 £4Book now

 2pm

If you’d like to discover more about the fascinating stories behind the people buried in Highgate Cemetery East, then join a tour led by one of our expert volunteer guides.

To be sure of a place you’ll need to book.

Please  Note:  The Egyptian Avenue and the Circle of Lebanon are in the West Cemetery and are not visited on this tour.

Introduction to Relief Carving and Letter Cutting

Saturday 12 September 2015 £95Book now

10.30am - 4pm

Led by Highgate’s resident stone mason Neil Luxton, this practical, hands-on course is specifically designed as a follow on day for those who have attended our Taster Days or for those with some experience of stone masonry.
Develop your tool skills further, gain awareness of perspective in carving and have a go at a relief carving to your own design or a specialist typeface of your choice.
This day of carving in 2 dimensions is also an essential day for those, who would like to start carving in 3.
A piece of Portland Stone for you to take home is provided,
Tools and personal protective wear provided.

East Cemetery Special Tour

Saturday 12 September 2015 £8 entrance and tour. Children under 18 £4Book now

2pm

If you’d like to discover more about the fascinating stories behind the people buried in Highgate Cemetery East, then join a tour led by one of our expert volunteer guides.

To be sure of a place you’ll need to book.

Please  Note:  The Egyptian Avenue and the Circle of Lebanon are in the West Cemetery and are not visited on this tour.

Honeycombs on Catacombs – A talk by Highgate Cemetery Bee Keeper Ian Creer

Thursday 17 September 2015 £7Book now

Starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

Highgate Cemetery Bee-keeper, Ian Creer, will talk about honey bees in general and in particular, those resident in Highgate Cemetery.
Ian will cover the differences between honey bees and other bees native to the UK, our relationship with them (including their importance to agriculture and the environment) and the life-cycles and roles within the honey bee hive. He will also discuss the threats to honey bees, the causes and remedies, and compare honey bees in the countryside to those in the City; in particular, those in the cemetery, their forage and the type of honey they produce compared to honey from other sources.
Ian will be bringing along a demonstration hive.

Battle Field Surgery: Blood Pus and Pain

Thursday 15 October 2015 £7Book now

Starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

Discover the gory facts and curious tools used in a time before anesthetics and antiseptics.  Meet Mr King, Crimean Surgeon RN, for an enlightening demonstration of the techniques in the theatre of war (not for the faint hearted).

Geoff King will share his wide knowledge of historic medical technique with his amazing collection of real and replica instruments and a little audience participation.  Discover how an amputation took place, what happened if you had a bladder stone and learn about the kind of injuries occurred during war.

East Cemetery candle-lighting late opening for All Saints’ Evening

Sunday 1 November 2015 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. 

The Italian Boy: Grave-Robbery, Murder and Highgate’s Role in an 1830s Scandal

Thursday 12 November 2015 £7Book now

Starts at 7.30pm Doors open at 7pm

In this illustrated talk, historian Sarah Wise takes us on a tour of some of London’s lesser-known graveyards, and surveys the highly unsentimental folk who profited from other people’s deaths and family bereavements. Some of them even turned to murder.
There's also a surprising Highgate link — one of the most prolific, and vicious, body snatchers was Highgate born and bred.
Sarah’s debut book, The Italian Boy, was shortlisted for the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.
Not for the squeamish or the faint-hearted.
"Colourful without being sensationalist, the result is compelling" (Andrew Holgate Sunday Times)

"Brilliant" (Christopher Hirst Independent)

"Excellent...an impressively strong sense of 19th-century poverty seems to ooze from its pages and the details are fascinating" (Toby Clements Daily Telegraph)

"Engrossing...Wise exposes an entire "resurrection community" in London's underworld and shows how "The Italian Boy case" captured the public imagination" (Ian Pindar Guardian)

"A work of great skill and sympathy" (Peter Ackroyd The Times)

Silence is Golden: An Evening of Cinema from a Century Ago

Thursday 10 December 2015 £10Book now

7.30pm

Join us for a double bill of film from a century ago with live piano accompaniment. performed by pianist and composer Martyn Niele, who will be improvising the score.


Scrooge 1913: a British film based on the 1843 novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens starring Seymour Hicks as Ebenezer Scrooge.


The Tramp  1915: the first real appearance of Chaplain’s famous Tramp persona, which, for the vast worldwide audience that adored him, the laughter the Tramp induced was the antidote to the anxieties and concerns of their lives. Praised as a miracle cure in the First World War, Chaplin’s films were even shown to injured soldiers. Film projectors were specially fitted to project onto the ceilings of field and base hospitals.