May Events

It’s that time again! Sorry for another short post. I’m still run off my feet by approaching deadlines – some of which you’ll soon learn all about… As usual, let me know what I’m missing!!

Cemetery Research Group Colloquium

Always the highlight of my year! A chance to meet other cemetery researchers and be completely inspired. This year’s colloquium is on the 15th May, held as usual in Kings Manor at the University of York. I’m not giving a paper this year, so I can fully relax and enjoy everyone’s amazing work. I’m really looking forward to it! All the info including booking form and the abstracts for this year’s papers are here. If you are planning to attend, please let me know as I always love meeting new members of the fold – time to get our cemetery geek on!

Museums at Night at The Coffin Works

Last month I mentioned the GAME OVER exhibition at the coffin works, and now I get to announce the first of special events! This is a museum takeover evening happening on May 16th, with artworks throughout the museum including installations and film. There will also be a fashion show in the courtyard. All the details are here!

There will also be a day of Workshops on June 6th, which is before my June events post is due so I’m putting it up now. See if you can spot my name…

Nunhead Cemetery Open Day

Annual event, with lots of special happenings! This year includes music performances in the ruined chapel, and lots of fun for all the family. Londoner – head down on 16th May between 11am and 5pm. All the info on facebook here.


The Dying Art Exhibition

To celebrate Dying Awareness Week, an exhibition which explores ‘death and dying, memento mori, memory, loss and survival, personification of death, anatomy and the body, memorial and the art of dying’ is being held in Hackney. I am lucky enough to know one of the artists Rachel Harmeyer (we met at the Death in Scotland conference in her other guise as an Art Historian) and so I can enthusiastically insist that anyone who’s in London between the 18th-24th May 2015 has to see this. All the information is at this link.

Open Afternoon at the Museum Collections Centre, Birmingham

Some of you may remember that I did a six-month internship at the Museum Collection Centre – I posted about it here. The internship ended in March but I’m still involved with several projects as a volunteer. One of things I have been doing is putting together a couple of display cases in one of the publicly accessible stores – bringing together all sorts of things which are funeral and death related. I’m calling my mini exhibition ‘Love and Loss in Victorian Birmingham’ and I’m currently racing to have everything ready for the next public open afternoon – which is May 29th from 1.30 – 3.30pm. Open afternoons are held on the last Friday of every month (except December) and they are an amazing chance to explore our stored collections. Best of all, It’s FREE! To book a place for this or any month, all the details are here.


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