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Events

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Rites of Passage - Death and Mourning in Victorian Britain

Thursday 7 March 2024 £8Book now

A talk by Judith Flanders

In Rites of Passage, acclaimed historian Judith Flanders deconstructs the intricate, fascinating, and occasionally – to modern eyes – bizarre customs that grew up around death and mourning in Victorian Britain.

Through stories from the sickbed to the deathbed, from the correct way to grieve and to give comfort to those grieving to funerals and burials and the reaction of those left behind, Judith Flanders illuminates how living in nineteenth-century Britain was, in so many ways, dictated by dying. This is an engrossing, deeply researched and, at times, chilling social history of a period plagued by infant death, poverty, disease, and unprecedented change. In this talk, specially tailored for Highgate Cemetery, Judith Flanders will bring the Victorian way of death vividly to life.

7.30 in the chapel. Tickets include a glass of wine

The Victorian Freak Show and its performers

Tuesday 16 April 2024 £8Book now

A talk by John Woolf

In the days before scary films and hide-under-the-sofa television shows, the best way to get thrills and entertainment combined was a visit to the Freak Show. Today we would see these shows as grossly exploitative, but at the time they were a source of income for those who may have found normal life and acceptance in society very difficult. Dr Woolf lifts the lid on Freak Show performers in this talk in Highgate Cemetery chapel. Come and be shocked...

Dr John Woolf is a nineteenth-century specialist who read History at the University of Cambridge and the University of London, where he gained his PhD. He has researched and produced historical documentaries for the BBC. He was awarded the Tony Lothian Prize by the Biographers Club for his first book The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age, and has co-written the bestselling Audiobook series, Stephen Fry's Secrets, and is the co-author of Black Victorians: Hidden in History, with Keshia N. Abraham.

7.30 in the chapel. Tickets include a glass of wine

This talk was originally scheduled for February

Stonemasonry Workshop

Saturday 22 June 2024 £149Book now

Neil Luxton, the cemetery stonemason, leads one of his popular stonemasonry workshops.

Using the slab and tools supplied, you will learn how to carve stone under Neil's expert guidance. At the end of the day you can take home your stone. It is a good idea to arrive with a design in mind, preferably drawn out (A4) so you don't spend time deciding what to carve. Neil will advise you about how ambitious you should be.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are supplied. Bring your own lunch.

Stonemasonry Workshop

Saturday 14 September 2024 £149Book now

NEIL LUXTON, THE CEMETERY STONEMASON, LEADS ANOTHER OF HIS POPULAR STONEMASONRY WORKSHOPS.

Using the slab and tools supplied, you will learn how to carve stone under Neil's expert guidance. At the end of the day you can take home your stone. It is a good idea to arrive with a design in mind, preferably drawn out (A4) so you don't spend time deciding what to carve. Neil will advise you about how ambitious you should be.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are supplied. Bring your own lunch.