Talks


  • January 20, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • March 3, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

At Death Cafes we come together to chat about death in a relaxed, safe, social cafe environment. Our objective is “To increase awareness of the reality of death, so we can enjoy feeling more fully alive“. The conversations are always new and fresh. Each time we come together the changing mix of people ensures that (more…)


  • January 25, 2019
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • April 25, 2019
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • July 11, 2019
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in the beautiful natural surroundings of Arnos Vale Cemetery. Slow down and take a fresh look at the world around you. Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, while taking time out for you, reducing stress and improving your wellbeing. In a small group, you’ll (more…)


  • February 16, 2019
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come and write stories and poems based on a walk around Arnos Vale Cemetery.  Suitable for practised writers and beginners. Cemetery walk led by Belinda Wallace (volunteer guide) and the Writing workshop is led by Liz Cashdan, a published poet who teaches at the Folk House in Bristol and for the Open College of the Arts: www.lizcashdan.weebly.com £20 The (more…)


  • February 23, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our municipal cemeteries are surprisingly versatile spaces: they memorialise the dead, provide recreation for the living, are home to a wide variety of wildlife – and are also places of work. In this talk archaeologist Dr Stuart Prior, together with historian and folklorist Dr Helen Frisby, will present their recent research into just what it’s (more…)


  • March 2, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is the second in our new exciting series Alive In Conversation  “Goodnight Friend” will be a conversation between Veterinary Surgeon Penny Morgan and death academic Dr John Troyer Over the next few months, Dr John Troyer from The University of Bath  will lead a series of conversations with people from the worlds of death, (more…)


  • March 2, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The opulent world of Victorian love and grief can’t help but catch our imagination; images of widows in trailing black veils, elaborate hair wreaths, plumed horses and impossibly expensive black jewels offer a morbid beauty our contemporary existence lacks. Illustrated with a wide personal collection of mourning wear, jewels and ephemera, this talk aims to (more…)


  • March 23, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

We thrilled to announce that author Jane Duffus will be delivering a fascinating talk about ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’ as part of our International Women’s Day events. Hear some stories of inspiring women (and dogs) and discover the often overlooked women’s history of Bristol detailed in her book. The book contains 250 inspiring women, (more…)