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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

One Day Stonemasonry Course

Saturday 16 June 2018 £95Book now

Cemetery stonemason Neil Luxton leads a day's course on basic stonemasonry techniques.

Starting with a tour around some of the West Cemetery's monuments to see some notable examples of stonemasonry, Having supplied you with a stone slab and tools, Neil will help you with your design. You will then be taken through the techniques you need to be able to carve your design into the stone, and off you go... Throughout the afternoon, Neil will keep a close eye on your progress, giving advice and showing you exactly what you should be doing. You will end up with a carving you can take home.

Brahms Requiem - The German Choir of London

Saturday 21 July 2018

Early announcement of a performance of the Brahms Requiem, by the German Choir of London. In the courtyard of the West Cemetery.

Not on sale yet. Full details will be announced shortly.

Highgate Cemetery: Its Female Side

Wednesday 25 July 2018 £15Book now

A tour of the West and East Cemeteries, led by Rachel Kolsky

This specially commissioned event celebrates both the famous female personalities buried in Highgate Cemetery and the newly published book Women’s London by author and prize-winning Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky, who will be leading the tour. While exploring the West Cemetery, with its Colonnade, Circle of Lebanon and Egyptian Avenue, you will meet, among others, cross-dresser Radclyffe Hall and Rossetti’s tragic muse Lizzie Siddal, buried alongside his sister, the poet Christina. Over on the East Cemetery are found women from all walks of life including Claudia Jones, who co-founded the Notting Hill Carnival, writer George Eliot, musician Anna Mahler and Ann Crisp, whose dog Emperor guards her grave.

Engaging, knowledgeable and well-researched, Rachel Kolsky is a prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide (, who is passionate about exploring London's heritage. Her walks and talks cover a wide range of themes and areas but always focus on the 'human stories behind the buildings'. She has co-authored three books, Jewish London, Whitechapel in 50 Buildings and Secret Whitechapel and has recently published, as sole author, Women's London: A tour guide to great lives.