Yet again those wonderful folk at Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation have put together another fantastic array of events for the London Month of the Dead in October. Subterranean Sanctuaries, Cryogenics, Magic Lanterns, Phantoms, Post-Mortem Photography, Taxidermy, Torchlit cemetery walks, Forensics, Victorian Mourning, Past Life regression, Maggots, Murder, Mortuaries and of course…Hendricks Gin!
Plus 20% of all tickets sold is donated to restoration work at both Brompton and Kensal Green Cemeteries.
Click here to see the full schedule and to buy tickets and hopefully, we’ll see you there!
Cremation, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is the “disposal of a dead person’s body by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony”. It is the “combustion, vaporisation and oxidation of cadavers to basic chemical compounds, such as gases, ashes and mineral fragments” (Wikipedia).
Graveyard in Holy Trinity Church, Lambley, Nottinghamshire, UK. – Credit to James Wright
To celebrate his up coming talk at the London Fortean Society event ‘The Haunted Landscape: British Folklore, Ghosts and Magic’ this weekend, archaeologist James Wright has kindly written a post for us on what it’s like to work with the dead in a professional capacity.
As this is the first post on the site we thought we’d start off with a little introduction to what cemeteries and graveyards actually are.