Events

I present talks and guided walks based on the topics covered in my blog (in particular, the burial grounds of London) – please check back here for details of how to book.  If you are interested in inviting me to speak at your event, please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

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Upcoming events

“London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries: An Introduction” – Zoom lecture
Thursday 13th May 2021, 7pm BST, tickets £4 (+ booking fee) available via Eventbrite

London’s “Magnificent Seven” are the capital’s first garden cemeteries, opened in the early part of the 19th Century to provide a new kind of burial space for Londoners – spacious, landscaped and dignified. These beautiful spaces have become the final resting place for Londoners of all backgrounds, nationalities and creeds.

The story of the Magnificent Seven will take you on a rollercoaster ride through history, from the horrors of London’s overflowing urban churchyards to the heights of Victorian funerary architecture, and from bankruptcy and bombing through to modern havens for wildlife and education. Along the way we’ll learn about the influences and attitudes that shaped these extraordinary cemeteries and how they remain a vital and vibrant part of London’s history and environment today.

This fully-illustrated virtual talk will be presented by CAROLINE SWAN, author of the Flickering Lamps blog and a qualified Clerkenwell and Islington Guide.

“Understanding the Symbolism of the Victorian Cemetery” – Zoom lecture
Date TBC

“Southwark’s Lost Burial Grounds” will return in Summer 2021.


Previous events

“Face to Face with London’s Dead: a history of human remains on display” – Zoom lecture
18th March 2021

“An introduction to the Novo Sephardic Jewish Cemetery at Mile End” – a talk given as part of a London Historians event
22nd October 2019

“In Search of the Gothic Revival” – a guided tour of West Norwood Cemetery, as part of London Month of the Dead
12th October 2019

“A New Way of Death” – a guided tour of Nunhead Cemetery, as part of London Month of the Dead
14th October 2017

“Southwark’s Lost Burial Grounds” – a guided tour around Southwark’s forgotten burial grounds and a special visit to the crypt beneath the chapel at Guy’s Hospital, on behalf of Southwark Cathedral
10th June 2017
4th November 2017
23rd June 2018
11th May 2019
3rd August 2019

“Isabella Holmes: Victorian London’s Cemetery Sleuth” – a lecture about the author of the 1896 book The London Burial Grounds
Guildhall Library
17th March 2016


Please use this form to get in touch with me if you have any queries about my events, or to discuss a collaboration or the commissioning of a new event.