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May 2015

STUDY DAY: Highgate Cemetery

Thu 21


Join us for a day exploring the evocative surroundings of Highgate Cemetery. Highgate has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. Opened in 1839, along with six others in the capital, Highgate soon become the most fashionable with the great and the good choosing here as their final resting place. Architecturally the cemetery remains unprecedented: a unique collection of design styles are evident from Egyptian to Tudor Gothic to Classical. The Cemetery went into decline in the 1970s before being rescued by a charity, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust. Today the Trust is working on a painstaking restoration and conservation of the site taking it back to its former glory. Led by Dr Ian Dungavell Chief Executive at Highgate and funerary historian, Julian Litten, this Study Day will put Highgate in its national context, explore both the East and West sides of the site and look at the issues facing 19th nineteenth century graveyards in the 21st century. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

 WMFB Members/Supporters £60

Non members £70

SOLD OUT. Please call 020 7251 8142 to be added to the waiting list.

Study Days include a hearty lunch and refreshments throughout. Admissions are included in the cost. All days include some walking between sites and are only suitable for those who are physically able. Please advise of dietary requirements in advance.

Full details about the day, including the full itinerary and where to meet at the start of the day will be sent to you around 10 days before the event.