Mouse taxidermy - a glass dome class in the cemetery
Saturday 6th October 2018 from 11:00 am

A five hour mouse taxidermy workshop in which participants will be given the opportunity to create an anthropomorphic, Potter-style mouse in a glass dome. Props, costumes and a glass dome will be provided for each mouse and participants will be able to take creations home.

This workshop will introduce students to the process and techniques behind basic taxidermy, teaching them how to skin, prep, preserve, mount and position the animal.

Students can choose to pose their mount in a naturalist setting, but they will also be introduced to the art of anthropomorphism, the attribution of human characteristics to animals. This practice has been widely explored in the medium of taxidermy and was most famously realised by the Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter. His Museum of Curiosities featured wondrous bestial dioramas including a classroom of 48 bunnies in 'Rabbit School' and a wedding party of kittens dressed in morning coats and lace dresses with frilly knickers.

This is a beginners' course with no experience required and you will leave with your own stuffed mouse in a glass dome with which to adorn your mantelpiece at home.

Tickets £70 each. Please click here to buy.

Travel advice to the Dissenters' Chapel - During the day guests can walk through the cemetery to get to the chapel but at night the main cemetery gates on the Harrow Road will be closed and the only accessible entrance is on Ladbroke Grove. Previously the address for this entrance was 364 Ladbroke Grove but this number has now been updated to 391.

The two closest underground stations are Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line) or Kensal Green (overground and Bakerloo Line). From Ladbroke Grove station there are several buses you can take to the Dissenters which include either the 28, 52 or 452. It's best to get off at the Sainbury's bus stop and then it's a short walk down Ladbroke to the entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel.