Post Mortem Photography with Holly Carter-Chappell
At the Dissenters Chapel on Sunday 22nd October 2017 from 5:00 pm

Photographing corpses is nowadays reserved for crime scene investigations, but in the mid 19th Century taking daguerrotypes and photographs of the recently deceased was common practice. In that age before the widespread availability of cameras the deathbed photo might be the only image of a loved one that a family possessed and would be treasured as a memento. Dead people could also stay still for the long exposure times that photography then demanded. In the early Twentieth Century as portable cameras made photography more widely accessible the practice died out.

In her illustrated talk Holly Carter-Chappell will discuss the ethical issues surrounding the display of images of the dead, a notable recent example being the exhibiting of post-mortem photographs of murder victims in the controversial Jack the Ripper Museum.

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

Holly Carter-Chappell is the Collections Officer at the Florence Nightingale Museum. She studied Bioarchaeology at University of Bradford, Death Studies at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and Museum Studies at University College London. Her research interests include museums as spaces to facilitate public engagement with death, the medicalisation of death during the twentieth century, and the curation and display of human remains within museum contexts.

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 Grove to the entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel.



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