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.  If you are interested in inviting me to speak at your event, please get in touch using the contact form below.

“In search of the Gothic Revival” – a guided tour of West Norwood for London Month of the Dead, 12th October 2019

UPDATE: 11am tour has sold out, afternoon tour to be added – time tbc.

Of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries that opened on London’s outskirts in the early decades of the nineteenth century, West Norwood, designed by Sir William Tite in 1836, was the most sought-after burial place for the capital’s wealthy and illustrious. Businessmen, philanthropists, authors and preachers are among the thousands laid to rest there, including Mrs Beeton, author of the legendary Victorian book on household management; Henry Doulton, the founder of pottery firm Royal Doulton; and Henry Tate, who established the Tate Gallery. The cemetery’s stunning Greek Orthodox section contains the highest concentration of listed funerary monuments anywhere in Britain.

My guided walk around West Norwood will explore its Gothic Revival roots, admire its grand monuments and show how it proved to be an inspiration for other cemeteries worldwide.

Tickets are £12 and include a donation towards restoration works at West Norwood Cemetery – ticket link here.


Previous events

“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