About the Cemetery

opened in 1839, Highgate Cemetery went into decline in the 1970s before being rescued by a charity, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust


Our annual general meetings provide our trustees with an opportunity to report to members on the activities and achievements of the previous year.


Highgate Cemetery opened in 1839. It was run by a private company. But when in the 1970s they found it was no longer profitable to run commercially, nature took over and vandals had their day...

The Friends

Founded in 1975, the Friends rescued the cemetery and have battled ever since to reverse the damage.


Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust is run by volunteers, supported by paid staff and countless volunteers who do everything from guiding tours to helping maintain the landscape.


The Friends have three aims:to preserve Highgate Cemetery as a place of historic and other interest and beauty; to permit the Cemetery to be used as a public burial ground; and to secure the repair, restoration and preservation of the Cemetery for the public benefit.

Annual reports

Our annual reports tell you what we've been up to. They're also available from the Charity Commission and Companies House, but to make it easy for you we've put them up here too.