Grave Matters: Death, Burial and the Afterlife in the 19th Century - 2 Night : Peter Street

WI Member: £360.00

Non Member: £400.00


Starts: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at 4:00PM
Ends: Friday, 01 November 2019 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 12

Tutor: Peter Street

The course explores the significance and nature of death for and throughout 19th century (primarily Victorian) society  - from body snatchers, criminals, paupers and celebrities to the ruling elite including Queen Victoria. Aspects covered include causes of death and their status, the changing nature of the funeral industry, the emergence and operation of commercial cemeteries together with the sculpture and flora which might feature there. We also consider the emergence and controversies over cremation, mourning rituals, death and the Arts and evolving ideas of heaven and hell together with the development of Spiritualism. Memorabilia welcome.

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