TODAY ONLY: FREE ENTRY TO EAST CEMETERY FOR RESIDENTS OF N6, N19 AND NW5

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Neighbour Day: free entry to East Cemetery for our neighbours!

Sunday 25 February 2018 Free for residents of N6, N19 and NW5 with proof of address!

Come along and visit Highgate Cemetery East for free, during our regular opening hours on Sunday 25 February 2018. Last entry 3.30pm. 

You just need to bring proof of address -- a bill or other official document must be shown. No booking required. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Paths can be slippery. Please wear sturdy shoes. 

Note: this is the side where Karl Marx is buried. The West Cemetery can only be visited by guided tour for which normal charges apply. 

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

A Talk by Roger Luckhurst

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