Life, Death (and the Rest)


  • March 5, 2020 - March 8, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Life, Death (and the Rest) is our annual 4 day event of talks, walks, theatre and film that supports a growing social movement talking about death, and how we remember our loved ones. We will start to list the events over the next few weeks, and in the meantime if you’d like to come along to a (more…)


  • Memento Mori: Victorian Mourning Jewellery
    March 5, 2020
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The opulent world of Victorian love and grief is a beautiful, elaborate and bizarre one. From elaborate hair wreaths to enormous brooches and impossibly expensive black jewels, mourning jewellery displays a devotion and beautiful morbidity that our contemporary lives lack.  Illustrated with a wide personal collection of mourning wear, jewels and ephemera, this talk aims (more…)


  • March 7, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Death has been a source of grief and uncertainty throughout history – but has also inspired a plethora of fascinating funeral customs. From the covering of mirrors to prevent the departed spirit from becoming trapped; the passing bell, rung to assist the soul to heaven; to modern customs such as eco-burial and wayside memorials, historian (more…)


  • March 8, 2020
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

We are excited to welcome the fantastic Dr John Troyer to talk about memorial tattoos as part of our Life, Death (& the Rest) festival. In this age where most of us will not be remembered on tombstones we may find we live on in the form of a memorial tattoo on the arm or torso (more…)


  • March 8, 2020
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Bristol poets, the IsamBards, will take you on a poetic journey around some of the historic, poignant, beautiful and unforgettable places within Arnos Vale. They will share their original poems inspired by this special place at several stops on the tour.  This is a chance to celebrate Arnos Vale in life, death and the rest, (more…)