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.
“A New Way of Death” – returning for 2018
A guided tour of Nunhead Cemetery.
Sunday 14th October 2018 – more info and tickets (£10) here. Each ticket includes a 20% donation towards a host of restoration projects at Nunhead Cemetery.
With 52 acres and nearly 300,000 burials, Southwark’s Nunhead is the second largest of London’s magnificent seven cemeteries. Join London historian and graveyard expert, CAROLINE SWAN 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).
Caroline 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.
“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
“Isabella Holmes: Victorian London’s Cemetery Sleuth” – a lecture about the author of the 1896 book The London Burial Grounds
17th March 2016