Beauty in Loss – Victorian Mourning Practices


Saturday 13th October, 7.30pm
A presentation by Romany Reagan

Victorian mourning practices are famous for their dark beauty: elaborate costumes, plumed horses drawing lacquered funerary carriages, post-mortem photographs and ‘memento mori’ crafted from human hair.

With a profusion of icons and rituals to express grief and to honour the recently departed, it’s no wonder that, from a contemporary perspective, the Victorians seemed to celebrate a ‘cult of death’.

Join us in the restored Abney Park chapel for an after-dark presentation by researcher Romany Reagan, who will give us an insight into how the Victorians used these beautiful ‘morbid oddities’ to create a place to house both their grief and their memories, and give beauty and structure to loss.

Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm.
Tickets: Friends £12 / Guests £15

Abney Park Cemetery, N16 0LH.
Meet at main entrance, 215 Stoke Newington High Street
Entry from 7pm for 7.30pm start.
020 7275 7557

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