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Lecture duo with Dr Romany Reagan and Michele Woodger

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A pair of talks in conjunction with the Lettering Arts Trust exhibition 'How Do You Want To Be Remembered?', 8-12th May 2019 at the Geffrye Museum. The exhibition celebrates the art of letter carving and the power of the hand-made memorial.

Dead Man’s Party: Celebration vs Solemnity in Victorian Garden Cemeteries
Talk by Dr Romany Reagan

Many Victorian garden cemeteries today have opened their gates to mixed use as community spaces, extending their purview beyond that of strictly sites of mourning, and bringing a sense of community relevance to a 'dying' mode of body disposal and grief.

The main motivator for this diversity of use and events planning is of course to bring in much-needed revenue; but more than this, these cemeteries endeavour to become places of community connection and joy. As these spaces embrace a variety of perspectives and voices within their walls, the perception of cemeteries is transforming from morbid and solemn, to celebratory and inclusive.

In this talk, Dr Romany Reagan will offer perspectives on what cemeteries have meant to their communities throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – and today – as spaces of mortality mediation. Building upon research from cemetery historians, mixed-use case studies, and her own research within Abney Park cemetery, Reagan will explore the diverse secular thanatouristic practices within cemeteries today – and the the future of navigating these practices within community contexts.


Of the Moment: Memorial Architecture in the 21st century

Talk by Michele Woodger

Memorial architecture: sacrosanct, celebratory, or self-congratulatory? In recent years we have seen the emergence of a “memorial industry”. High-profile structures in our public spaces serve multiple functions beyond honouring the dead - they fulfil a social purpose and often carry a political agenda. With a focus on contemporary structures built since the turn of the millennium, this talk looks at how certain examples navigate these complexities to become works of integrity and meaning.


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