Talks


  • May 9, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Due to COVID-19 this event is postponed. Please keep an eye on our website for updates. The eighteenth century was an important time for the establishment and development of the undertaking trade. In towns and cities across England, the first undertaking businesses were started by entrepreneurial artisans who adopted the title of ‘undertaker’ and performed (more…)


  • May 13, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Due to COVID-19 this event is postponed. Please keep an eye on our website for updates. We thrilled to announce that author Jane Duffus will be delivering  another of her fascinating talks about ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’ . Hear some new stories of inspiring women  and discover the often overlooked women’s history of Bristol (more…)


  • May 15, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:15 pm

A panel discussion around the ritual of death, dying, the funeral and its impact on grief; Janie’s story  This is the story of one woman’s courageous decision to face her mortality head on, and empower everyone around her to support her beliefs and carry out her wishes. When Janie Dickson was diagnosed with progressive incurable (more…)


  • Jet Black ticket
    May 15, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Due to COVID-19 this event is postponed. Please keep an eye on our website for updates. The Victorian celebration of death can’t help but catch our imagination; images of widows in trailing black veils, huge monuments to death, plumed horses and impossibly expensive mourning jewels offer a morbid beauty our contemporary existence lack. In many (more…)


  • May 17, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 28, 2020
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Recently Janice Turner wrote an article after attending a Death Cafe entitled “Life would be better if we faced up to death”. She explains: “Death Cafes, like bereavement groups and counselling are secular substitutes for the religion we’ve lost. Without faith it is harder to navigate mortality, to formulate new rituals rather than repeat those (more…)


  • June 21, 2020
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • June 21, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

We are delighted to bring back our tour with the Bristol poets, the IsamBards. They 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 (more…)