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Cemetery Bat Walk

Saturday 25 August 2018 £15Book now

Cindy Blaney will lead our incredibly popular annual Bat Walk. After an introductory talk, which will explain and show in detail the bats you will see on the walk, Cindy will lead the group up into the gathering gloom of the West Cemetery to find bats as they fly to and from their homes in the trees and Terrace Catacombs. Be prepared to walk in almost total darkness, as the bats swirl around your head and between the statues and monuments. This is one of the most atmospheric events we hold in the cemetery and is a memorable evening.

This event is weather-dependent: bats do not fly if it is wet. You will be emailed and refunded if it rains in the late afternoon...

Please arrive in good time: doors open at 6.30pm

One Day Stonemasonry Course

Saturday 1 September 2018 £95Book now

Neil Luxton, the cemetery stonemason, will lead another of his popular one-day taster couses, in the cemetery courtyard. After a tour of notable monuments, Neil will help you design and carve your own piece, from a slab of stone that he provides. By the end of the day, you will take away your own work and will have learned a new skill..

Tea and coffee is provided, but bring your own packed lunch.

The Back Doors To Death

Thursday 20 September 2018 £8Book now

A Talk by Helen Barrell

Tucked away in the West Cemetery is the unassuming grave of Alfred Swaine Taylor, one of the nineteenth-century’s most well-known forensic scientists. At this talk, find out about Taylor’s cases, both well-known and obscure, his interests in geology and photography (and about his wife Caroline, very likely to have been the first female photographer), and discover why Golden Age crime fiction author Dorothy L Sayers called his books “The Back Doors to Death”. A strong stomach is recommended!
Helen Barrell is the author of Fatal Evidence, Taylor’s biography, which was one of The Guardian’s summer reads, chosen by well-known authors. Helen has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Punt PI and has written for several magazines. She has given talks at literary festivals and for local and family history groups.

Doors open 7pm. Ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

“Votes For Women”

Tuesday 20 November 2018 £8Book now

A talk by Elizabeth Crawford

Elizabeth Crawford will talk on the history of the women’s suffrage movement from its beginnings in 1866 until 1928, when all women were granted the parliamentary vote. While discussing the countrywide campaign Elizabeth will also consider: Who were the women – and men – of north London who played their part? Where did they live? Where did they hold their meetings? What tactics did they employ? Were these constitutional or militant? And are the graves of any those associated with the campaign to be found in Highgate Cemetery?
Elizabeth Crawford is an independent researcher and author of a number of books on the women’s suffrage movement – including The Women’s Suffrage Movement: a reference guide, Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye’s Suffrage Diary, and Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists. She is also the owner of ‘Woman and Her Sphere’, a business specialising in selling antiquarian books, pamphlets, postcards and ephemera by and about women.
The photograph is by Tony Baggett/ of Emmeline Pankhust’s statue in Victoria Tower Gardens by Arthur George Walker and Herbert Baker.
Emmeline Pankhurst is buried in Brompton Cemetery, but her two sons are in the East Cemetery at Highgate.

Doors open 7pm. Ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Gothic London

Thursday 13 December 2018 £8Book now

A talk by Clive Bloom

Enter the fog-filled streets of late Victorian London. This is the capital as imagined by the insane: a world of nightmares, a gothic landscape  of dark alleys, cemeteries, docks and cobbled streets where Dr Jekyll mixes with Jack the Ripper and  anarchists sip absinthe with Dorian Gray and Dracula! Here are opium dens next to the haunts of assassins, black magicians and serial killers. Come to the London of the fin de siecle and meet the writers, poets and strange eccentrics who made the capital seem so weird, perverse and disturbing. 

Described by The Times as a polymath, Clive Bloom is Emeritus Professor of English & American Studies at Middlesex University and a best-selling author and publisher.

Doors open at 7pm. Ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink.