GOODBYE WORLD
The Hidden Language of Graveyards
with Robert Stephenson
At the Dissenters Chapel on Saturday 7th October at 1 pm

Our gravestone is our last message to the world and a permanent memorial to how we wish to be remembered. The inscriptions on headstones range from the prosaic requiescat in pace (rest in peace) to epitaphs, poems, quotations, professions of faith, imprecations, reflections on mortality, warnings to anyone who might disturb the earthly remains and even jokes (comic writer Spike Milligan’s gravestone bears the legend “I told you I was ill”).

In this age where most people who die are cremated the art of tombstone design is becoming something of a lost art. In his illustrated talk Robert Stephenson will delve into its history, symbolism and meaning.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Robert Stephenson is a qualified City of London Culture and Heritage guide and a trustee at Kensal Green and Brompton cemeteries. He teaches on London and death studies. Robert is also chairman of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends.

 

 

The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Ticket includes tour of the catacombs.