Events

I occasionally 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.

“A New Way of Death” – tour of Nunhead Cemetery as part of the London Month of the Dead – book here
14th October 2017
With 52 acres and nearly 300,000 burials, Southwark’s Nunhead is the second largest of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries. Join me on a guided tour around the Gothic monuments of this “elegant wilderness”. The cemetery is the final resting place of the eight boy scouts drowned in the Leysdown tragedy in 1912. This disaster was a national sensation and the boys’ funeral procession was watched by a million people. Their memorial was designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (who also responsible for the iconic red telephone box).
This tour will pay particular attention to how burial practices in London changed during the 19th Century, from squalid inner-city churchyards to landscaped garden cemeteries in the suburbs.
Tickets £10, further details and booking here.

Back by popular demand – “Southwark’s Lost Burial Grounds”book here
4th November 2017
There may not be many traces of them left today, but Southwark was once home to many burial grounds, from plague pits and poor grounds to rural churchyards and graveyards hemmed in by houses and industrial buildings. To tell the story of these burial grounds is to tell the story of Southwark, its churches and hospitals, and the people who lived and died there – rich, poor, and everyone in between. This guided walk will tell the story of these lost and often long-forgotten graveyards, taking in a circular route around Southwark and finishing up back at Southwark Cathedral.
Tickets £10, further details and booking here.


Previous events

“Southwark’s Lost Burial Grounds” – a guided tour around Southwark, as part of Southwark Cathedral’s Cherishing Churchyards week.  .
10th June 2017

“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