press release
Published: 15 May 2024

Surrey’s rich Victorian history of death and mourning explored in free local event series 

A family-friendly event series exploring the Victorian culture of death and memorialisation in Surrey is on offer from researchers at the University of Surrey and the Surrey Arts and Humanities Network (SAHN).

The series – which includes an exploration of the legacy of the London Necropolis Railway and craft afternoon at the Watts Gallery – will help the public discover the stories behind Victorian gravestones, mourning traditions and even spiritualist experiments in art and writing. 


The programme involves three free, family-friendly events held at key sites across Surrey, a county with a deep-rooted history of memorialisation. Locations and activities include:

  • Brookwood Cemetery (Saturday 11 May): Embark on a walking tour and discover the stories etched in stone, exploring the legacy of London's Necropolis Railway.
  • Surrey History Centre (Saturday 8 June): Immerse yourself in informative talks and delve into the archives that unveil the lives commemorated in Victorian memorials.
  • Watts Gallery – Artists' Village (Saturday 29 June): Participate in a "crafternoon" session, drawing inspiration from Victorian mourning practices and artistic expressions of remembrance.

For further information and the full event schedule, please visit the "Victorian Memorials" website:



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