Butterfly setting and preservation
The FLIGHT OF THE SOUL - Insect Taxidermy
Butterfly setting and preservation in the cemetery with Suzette Field
Sunday 3rd October 2021 from 11:00 am

Suzette Field introduces you to the fascinating world of insect taxidermy. For over 300 years, entomologists and collectors have mounted butterflies and other insects for taxonomic reference or to create breathtaking visual displays. Such collections can be found lurking in museum archives and are often kept in meticulous condition in display cases and cabinets.

There has been a recent renaissance in the use of insect displays in art (most notably in the work of Damien Hirst) and this class will introduce you to the skills and techniques used in setting butterflies.

The workshop will begin with a talk on the biology of insects with further instruction on the hydration, setting, pinning and drying of specimens.

This is a beginners' course with no experience required and you will leave with your own set of framed butterflies in addition to setting boards for further practice at home.

Tickets £45 including all materials and a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery

Suzette Field
Suzette Field is a writer, impresario, graphic artist and taxidermist. She was one of the founders of The Modern Times Club and for seven years co-ran The Last Tuesday Society. Since 2014 she has run A Curious Invitation, an organisation devoted to bringing parties, talks and workshops to London and beyond. She has collected and taught taxidermy for over 10 years.

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.

Kensal Green Cemetery Chapel