[AGM] Victorian Cemeteries

Mike Higginbottom
7th November 2017, 6:00pm

It is impossible to understand nineteenth-century England without an appreciation of the Victorian attitude to death. In a sense, the nineteenth century celebrated death as a part of human experience in the same way that the twentieth century celebrated sex.

The most distinctive memorials to this fascinating aspect of Victorian culture are the great company cemeteries of the 1830s and 1840s, laid out at great expense in London and the major industrial cities, thickly populated with extravagant monuments, intended as a solution to an ecological crisis, and now themselves a significant environmental problem.

At last recognised as repositories not only of human remains but of some of the most evocative and moving examples of Victorian architecture, landscaping, statuary and other monumental art, the great necropoles of British cities document beliefs, attitudes and taste as well as lives.

This lecture covers the major provincial and London company-cemeteries of the early-Victorian period, and also includes a selection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century cemeteries in Europe, the United States and Australia.


Note regarding AGM

Please note that this is the new date for the AGM. It was previously scheduled to precede the lecture on 27 September. If you registered for the AGM before the change, please restate your intention to intend the AGM on this new date. The rest of your original booking for the lecture or lecture and supper on the 27 September will remain valid.


About the Speaker

Mike Higginbottom has lectured in social and architectural history for the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Keele, the Workers’ Educational Association and the City of Stoke-on-Trent. He is a NADFAS lecturer and was a tutor-guide for the Matlock Travel Society from 1986 to 2008. He brings forty years’ experience of teaching and lecturing on architectural and social history in schools and university continuing education, specialising in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has lectured to National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies [NADFAS] in the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. His history learning programmes include Looking at Country Houses, The Derbyshire Derwent Valley, Fun Palaces: the history and architecture of the entertainment industry, Historic Towns & Cities, Survivals & Revivals: past views of English architecture, Victorian England and Waterways to Motorways: two centuries of travel.


Menu for Supper

A hot and cold buffet including sandwiches, tarts, quiches, pastries, breads and dips. Dessert items are also included.

N.B. the Lit & Phil office have to inform venues of catering numbers approximately 7 days before an event so please make sure you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.