Talks


  • Wonderful Women tour 22/09
    September 22, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Arnos Vale Cemetery is the place of remembrance for an estimated 150,000 women and girls from Bristol’s history but the lives of women in times past often elude the historic record. Where historical evidence can be found, the lives they led and the contributions they made to society make for compelling stories. At Arnos Vale (more…)


  • September 22, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 24, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 15, 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…)


  • September 27, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A candle lit gin tasting, journeying through Victoriana London’s addiction to Madame Genever’s pacifying poison… Fake funeral processions for Madame Genever gave the crowded the streets of Victoriana London a prohibition feel…but who were we mourning? Sip your way through gin’s fascinating story of life and death, how the country grappled it’s addiction to Mother’s (more…)


  • September 29, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of the life and work of Raja Ram Mohan Roy who is regarded as one of the Fathers of Modern Indian. About Rajah Rammohun Roy  Rajah Rammohun Roy (1772-1833) was an individual of truly global stature, and is buried at Arnos Vale. An extremely influential religious and political thinker, he coined (more…)


  • October 12, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 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…)


  • October 18, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Who were the women behind the scenes who turned the tide of war, helped immigrant communities thrive, and built the buzzing city of Bristol we see today? The Bristol Festival of Literature and Arnos Vale present Stories of Strong Women – Women In The Shadows. Adela Straughan of Arnos Vale interviews local writers to cast (more…)


  • October 18, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

We are delighted to be collaborating with Bristol Literature Festival to bring you our popular Wonderful Women Tour. Arnos Vale Cemetery is the place of remembrance for an estimated 150,000 women and girls from Bristol’s history and this tour aims to tell some of their stories. The lives of women in times past often elude (more…)


  • Believe Not Every Spirit
    October 19, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Victorian entertainment was not just music hall, dances and theatre; It was death, tales of the afterlife and communion with the undead. Spiritualism, mediumship and séance was wild, unregulated and utterly, literally unbelievable. The Victorian era played host to huge questions concerning the very fibre of daily existence; the place of God within new scientific (more…)


  • October 19, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tip-toe through the tombs of this wonderful wooded necropolis and journey into the underworld of cultures from across the world. For example, find out what links the gravestones here to epic myths from ancient Egypt and India. Or encounter the Mexican Day of the Dead in this most appropriate of settings. A short level walk (more…)


  • October 20, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the secrets Bristol is hiding – real places, imagined mysteries; twisted histories with Bristol Fiction Writers Group. Speakers: Clifton crime writer AA Abbott writes stories sizzling with suspense, twists and murder. Most of them involve vodka too. For many years, the only stories J E Hagan told were to avoid cross country running at (more…)