June Events

This week has been utterly amazing, but incredibly busy – especially getting ready for my talk yesterday at the Coffin Works. Therefore I haven’t managed to finish today’s events post – so look out for updates tomorrow! If you think there’s an event I need to include but might not know about, let me know in the comments.

Giveaway extended until 14th June

Last week I announced a giveaway to apologise for my long absence, but so far I haven’t had any takers! I am therefore extending for another week – and i’ll throw in some extra goodies – including a copy of the booklet ‘Death in Art; changing portrayals from the medieval to the modern’ which I produced to accompany my talk. To enter, comment on the original post here.

Cherishing Churchyards Week

A whole week celebrating the beauty of churchyards, organised by Caring for God’s Acre and running from Saturday 6th June until Sunday 14th June 2015. There are events all around the country so check the list here for one near you!

Monumental stone masonry and letter cutting – a taster day at Highgate Cemetery

I’m at Highgate doing fieldwork this week – imagine my disappointment to be missing this course by one day!! I have to go home on the Friday an get back to work =[
Hopefully some of you are luckier than me and can attend on Saturday 13th June from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Details and booking information available here.

Dying Matters

It looks like Saturday 13th June is a busy day up north too, with this day of workshops held at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston. Covering topics from Victorian Mourning to Egyptian burial practice, from writing wills to planning a ‘dead good’ funeral. A full itinerary of the day and booking information is here.

Walking Tour – Footwear, Films, Diets and Dancing at Willesden Cemetery

An intriguing title for what looks to be a very exciting walk! Held on Sunday 14th June (booking closes 12th June!) the tour promises a chance ‘to discover more of its fascinating residents including Jack Cohen and Charles Clore who dominated Britain’s High Streets with their shoe shops and supermarkets. Band leader Geraldo, film director and gourmand Michael Winner, dietician John Yudkin also feature alongside Mrs Shilling with her amazing headwear.’ If you think it sounds as fab as I do, click here to book!


Guided Tour of Southern Cemetery Manchester

Billed as ‘the original and only authorised tours of the cemetery’, the tour hopes to tell the whole story of Manchester in a beautiful cemetery setting. The next tour will be on Sunday 21st June from 2pm to 4pm. Booking is required – so head to this site to secure yourself a spot!

A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture

Not cemetery related per say but one of this month’s events at the Morbid Anatomy Museum caught my eye! This may be of interest to some of my American readers – especially those who, like me, prefer their clothes black and their music old-school goth. It will probably be of great interest to those who study images and symbolism related to death too – looking at how they have been used within the goth scene – ‘a bricolage of dark elements that created powerful symbols and indicators of the movement. Goth’s steadfast dedication to macabre and gloomy aesthetics proved to be a profound devotion of its members, reflecting in their makeup, clothing, accessories, and artwork such as album covers or flyers. This discussion will be a visual journey through the beginnings of goth up to the early 1990s, a dramatic assemblage of the beautiful and the grotesque.’

I noticed that copies of the book Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace will be available at the event, a beautiful compendium of 80’s goth imagery, I supported the kickstarter project and was so pleased with the final result.

There’s more information about the event here. For those looking to purchase the book, check this link.

Midsummer Welcome Evening

This sounds like a perfect way to spend a summer evening. Held at Newtown Road Cemetery in Newbury on Wednesday 24th of June, there will be a variety of events from 6.30pm until 9.30pm, including tours. Bats may even make an appearance! Check it out here.

Green Woodworking Workshops at Abney Park

Another chance to get hands on! The ‘London Green Wood workshop’ is open every Thursday at Abney Park, and there is an introductory workshop for beginners on the first Saturday of every month (except August), so the next one is on Saturday 4th July – before my next event post is due! All the information is here.

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