As if October doesn’t have enough in the way of ghoulish attractions, 2017 sees the London Month of the Dead – a series of 36 events curated by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation, and based mainly around the capital’s cemeteries. The various events include a private view of the Museum of London’s bone archive, taxidermy workshops, macabre walking tours and private views and a programme of weekend death salons with talks on subjects ranging from public dissection and body snatching to reincarnation and funereal folklore. The latter will all take place at the Dissenters and Anglican chapels at Kensal Green.
Almost all of this looks pretty essential, but a few highlights include The Death Cafe (“tea, cake and conversations about death”), a handful of torchlit cemetery walks, talks on Momento Mori, Gothic London, arsenic, Jack the Ripper and more, taxidermy classes, a cemetery-based magic lantern show and a forensic facial reconstruction workshop.
Each ticket also includes a Hendricks Gin cocktail, some of which look rather stunning, and 20% of the ticket price goes towards the restoration of Brompton Cemetery.
More information and tickets at http://londonmonthofthedead.com/