Victorian Love, Grief and Mourning – online talk

    Victorian Love, Grief and Mourning – online talk

    Kate Cherrel in Victorian Mourning Clothing
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    • Victorian Love, Grief and Mourning
      February 24, 2021
      6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join Kate Cherrell and discover the opulent world of Victorian love and grief. This was a beautiful, elaborate and gilded time and Victorian mourning and sentimental jewellery displays showed devotion and reverence to both the living and the dead. Find out about love trinkets made from hair and impossibly expensive mourning jewels.

    Kate shares this world with humour, through a talk aims to give a broad introduction to the wonderful world of Victorian mourning and sentimental jewellery. She will be looking at fashion trends,  symbolism and how to tell miserable black jewellery apart. You will see how Victorians lived, loved, and mourned through their accessories.


    Mourning Fashion

    Mourning fashions and outward displays of grief were embellished with a whole manner of black, silver and twinkling jewels, each rich with symbolism. For centuries, the hair of both the deceased and the living were worn widely in lockets, brooches, fob chains and necklaces, so why are we repulsed now?

    Following the death of Prince Albert in 1861, Queen Victoria’s elaborate performance of grief set the tone for social conventions and expectations thereafter. National newspapers advertised the latest mourning fashions alongside adverts for tonics and black-framed stationary, while ladies’ magazines laid out strict rules for funeral behaviour and which brooches would best convey one’s suffering. This all-encompassing death business has been unrivalled since, but may well have something to teach us today about death acceptance and celebration today. Using anecdotes and examples from her personal collection, Kate hopes to share and possibly revive a little of these lost Victorian sentimental arts.

    About our speaker

    Kate Cherrell is a PhD candidate specialising in 19th Century Gothic. She lectures widely on Victorian mourning cultures and the Spiritualist movement and has work featured in several international publications, including Haunted Magazine for which she is a staff writer. She is a freelance writer, consultant, and editor and holds a keen interest in cemeteries, spooky history and memorials which she documents on her website and four times weekly via her Patreon page

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