Talks


  • September 27, 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Raja Ram Mohan Roy is buried under one of the grandest memorials in Arnos Vale Cemetery.  Discover the story of how did he end up under a chhatri in Bristol at our online talk by expert Carla Contractor and life trustee of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Who is the Raja? Rajah Ram Mohun Roy (1772-1833) (more…)


  • The Perils of Premature Burial
    October 20, 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Buried alive Dwelling on humanity’s fear of being buried alive, in 1866 the medical journal Lancet wrote: ‘truly there is something about the very notion of such a fate calculated to make one shudder, and to send a cold steam down one’s spine.’ Hand coming out of an open coffin in (more…)


  • The Sin-eater: lives and afterlives
    January 5, 2022
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A sin-eater was a ‘long, leane, ugly, lamentable poor raskal’ (Aubrey, 1687) who, by eating a special ritual meal, consumed a dead person’s sins and helped them enter heaven. In this talk Dr Helen Frisby surveys the evidence for this fascinating old funerary character and their (more…)