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Events

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FESTIVE WREATH MAKING

Saturday 25 November 2017 £25Book now

All materials will be provided on this practical afternoon course, taken by Rachel Toler from Highgate Flowers and you will go home with an amazing festive wreath for your front door.

THE VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS. A talk by Judith Flanders

Thursday 14 December 2017 £7Book now

Bestselling author and acclaimed social historian Judith Flanders (author of The Victorian City and The Victorian Home, among many other titles) will bring The Victorian Christmas to life in this seasonal talk.
With her new book, Christmas: A Biography, hot off the press, Judith will take us on an extensive tour of the historical context of Christmas and many of the festive traditions that we celebrate today, with an emphasis on their explosion during Queen Victoria’s long reign.
An absolute must-see for anyone interested in social history and the Victorian era in general. 

Doors open at 7.00pm

Be Astonished! A talk by Ian Keable

Tuesday 23 January 2018 £10Book now

In his follow up to the hugely popular talk on David Devant last year, Ian Keable will tell the stories of two other magicians buried in Highgate Cemetery: Colonel Stodare and Carlton the Human Hairpin. Expect humour, tricks and an insight into the methods of these two master magicians, as Ian Keable, himself a respected member of the Magic Circle, reveals all. 
Colonel Stodare — self-styled — was hugely successful, performing hundreds of times at the mecca for magic shows, The Egyptian Hall. He invented the Stodare Egg, a trick still often used by magicians. He died from TB at the height of his fame.
Carlton, The Human Hairpin, was a magician famous for his comedy and for being able to alter his height at will. Ian Keable was given the Carlton Award (for comedy, not changing his height) by the Magic Circle in 2008.

Doors open at 7.00pm

Don’t Joke With Elephants. A talk by Helen Cowie

Tuesday 20 February 2018 £8Book now

Life and Death in the Travelling Menagerie.

Travelling menageries were a popular form of entertainment in 19th-century Britain. They toured widely, making exotic animals accessible to a broad spectrum of the population. The most famous menagerist of the era, George Wombwell, is buried in Highgate Cemetery beneath a statue of his famous lion Nero.
Menageries were also highly dangerous places where both keepers and members of the public often came to grief. Helen Cowie explores their darker side and, drawing on local newspaper reports, which recounted — sometimes in graphic detail — the mishaps that occurred in travelling animal shows, she assesses the frequency and severity of accidents involving exotic animals and examines how contemporaries responded to these tragic and dangerous occurrences.
Helen Cowie is senior lecturer in history at the University of York. She is author of Conquering Nature in Spain and its Empire, 1750–1850 (Manchester University Press, 2011), Exhibiting Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Empathy, Education, Entertainment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Llama (Reaktion Books, 2017).

Doors open at 7.00pm

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

Thursday 22 March 2018 £10Book now

Starring Jonathan Goodwin

The greatest fictional sleuth of all time springs back to life in these stirring adaptations of the Conan Doyle classics. A high-energy one-man show, featuring a plethora of vintage thrills, dashing heroes and villainous rogues — including Professor Moriarty, whose character Conan Doyle based on the notorious master criminal Adam Worth, who is buried in Highgate’s West Cemetery.
The show also includes autobiographical snippets detailing Holmes’s life and times, and is an affectionate homage featuring quick costume changes and wry humour (and — just possibly — some audience participation).
‘Goodwin’s interpretation of the detective is truly wonderful. I cannot recommend it enough for any Sherlock Holmes fan’. Victoria Bos, Exeter University.

Doors open at 7.00pm

The Spiritualist Craze and Highgate Cemetery

Thursday 19 April 2018 £8Book now

The craze of Spiritualism was a dissident form of belief that sought to prove empirically the survival of the spirit after bodily death. It first travelled to London from the millennial sects of New England in the 1850s, and possibly reached its peak in the 1870s with the ‘dark seance’, at which it was regularly claimed that spirits were materialising in London drawing rooms. There was another major surge of belief during the devastating losses of the First World War, when many were desperate to contact their dead sons.
Some of those related to this history are buried at Highgate: the famous medium Georgiana Houghton, the writer and Spiritualist Radclyffe Hall, and George Eliot, who was present (although deeply suspicious) at a seance held with Charles Darwin in the 1870s.
Roger Luckhurst is a professor of modern literature who teaches at Birkbeck College University of London. He has published books called The Invention of Telepathy, The Mummy’s Curse  and Zombies: A Cultural History as well as an edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the Oxford World’s Classics series.

Doors open at 7pm

The Marx Memorial Lecture: Workers of All Lands

Thursday 10 May 2018 £12Book now

By Tariq Ali

Taking the theme of Marxism abroad as his theme for the Marx Memorial Lecture on Marx’s 200th Anniversary, Tariq Ali will explore the reach of Marxism around the world. Highgate Cemetery has attracted a number of foreign Marxists who are buried close to his grave and memorial.
Writer, journalist, historian, filmmaker, political activist and public intellectual (and an expert on geopolitics), Tariq Ali is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books. He was involved in the leadership of the International Marxist Group.

Doors open at 7.00pm

Roll of honour
A B Collis, Lance Corporal, 28th Bn. London Regiment (Artists' Rifles) died 100 years ago today.