Beauty in Loss - Victorian mourning practices

Victorian mourning practices are famous for their dark beauty: elaborate costumes, plumed horses drawing lacquered funerary carriages and ‘memento mori’ crafted from human hair. With a profusion of icons and rituals to express grief and honour the recently departed, it’s no wonder that, from a contemporary perspective, the Victorians seemed to celebrate a ‘cult of death’.

Join us in the Abney Park chapel for an after-dark presentation by researcher Romany Reagan, who will give us an insight into how the Victorians used these beautiful ‘morbid oddities’ to create a place to house both their grief and their memories, and give beauty and structure to loss.

Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm
Friends £12 / Guests £15
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Entry at the main gates,
Stoke Newington High Street
Entry from 7pm for 7.30pm start
Latecomers will not be admitted


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