In Memorium

24th November

Live Classical Music at The Anglican Chapel

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start

“In Memoriam” is a candle-lit performance of two out-of-print late romantic song cycles, “In Memoriam” (Tennyson/Lehmann) and “Six Sorrow Songs” (Rosetti/Colderidge-Taylor)

This dark and beautiful concert programme is performed by Abigail Seabrook, mezzo soprano, and Owen Walton, pianist. A former rock singer, Abigail now performs classical and historical music, in particular, popular music of the 18th century with her group, Lady Georgianna. She is particularly interested in bringing to life little-known English song. Owen is a holds a Masters degree in Music, has had his works played across the UK and Europe and most often plays for musical theatre and opera productions. He was awarded the Young Composer of the Year award in 1997.

In-Memoriam-poster-A3As well as appealing to fans of late romantic song and opera, In Memoriam is also of interest to those who are attracted to the darker side of the Victorian era. Victoriana and Pre-Raphaelite dress code is encouraged (though not obligatory) at the concerts, to add to the already potent atmosphere.

More information about the music:

“In Memoriam” is a 40 minute, through-composed song cycle, a musical setting of selected parts of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s requiem for his Cambridge friend, Arthur Henry Hallam. The poem explores the possibility of hope after loss, and was a favourite of Queen Victoria.

The music was composed by Liza Lehmann, an operatic soprano and composer, and one of England’s leading female composers of the late 19th/early 20th century. She toured the United States, accompanying herself on the piano in recitals, and wrote several childrens’ songs as well as settings of more serious texts.

“Six Sorrow Songs” is a song cycle of six comparatively short songs. The text is by Christina Rosetti, pre-Raphaelite poet and sister of the painter Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Like “In Memoriam”, the “Six Sorrow Songs” meditate on grief and loss.

The musical setting of these poems was composed by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Once called the “African Mahler”, Colderidge-Taylor was an English composer of the late 19th/early 20th century, born to English and Sierra Leonnean parents. Recommended by Elgar, his Ballad in A Minor was premiered at the Three Choirs festival in 1898. Like Liza Lehmann, he toured the United States, before his early death at the age of 37.

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Tickets for this event are £10 including the £1.50 booking fee, and are available directly from Arnos Vale Box Office, gift shop or website, or from our facebookpage

Night at the Cemetery

Friday 13th May, 7:30-9:00pm

Night at the Cemetery

Join us at dusk on Friday the 13th for an atmospheric torchlight tour of Arnos Vale Cemetery. Taking a route past grand monuments and down dark paths, we'll explore the folk customs and funeral traditions of Victorian society, and the the life stories of some of those remembered in Arnos Vale, Bristol's Necropolis.

How to Book

Tickets are £6 Adults and £4 Concessions (OAPs, Guardian Angel Members, Children) and can be purchased securely on-line via the Paypal link at

Alternatively visit our Gift Shop located in the East Lodge, the building to the left of the main entrance just off the Bath Road. The Gift Shop and Reception is open Monday - Saturday 10:00-4:00pm.

You can send a cheque for the full amount of the tickets required - please also add £1.00 for P&P to the total amount. Cheques made payable to Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Your tickets will be posted directly to you.

For more information please contact Felicia Smith on 0117 971 9117 or email

Earth to Earth - the practice of Natural Burial

Earth to Earth - the practice of Natural Burial

Evening Talk with Dr Hannah Rumble

Wednesday 16th March

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Arnos Vale is delighted to present this special one-off talk and debut screening of a film exploring the growing cultural phenomenon of "green" or "natural" burials.

This new form of memorialising the dea offers a diverse and seemingly contradictory range of meanings. This non-denominational movement provides scope for a variety of expressions of belief and grief. For some, natural burial is imbued with a sacred or spiritual significance. For others it is driven by more pragmatic environmental consideration - from being "planted" to "pushing up the daisies".

In an introductory talk, Dr. Rumble will trace the cultural overlap between this movement's ideas and the attitudes and practices of the Victorian era, before the debut screening of "Earth to Earth: Natural Burial and the Church of England", a gently thought-provoking exploration of the range of values brought to natural burial by bereaved families, individuals and funeral professionals at a woodland burial ground affiliated to the Church of England.

This 30 minute film focuses on Barton Glebe, a consecrated Church of England-affiliated natural burial site near Cambridge run by the Arbory Trust; the first Christian Woodland burial charity in the UK. The fmil was produced in collaboration with visual anthropologist Sarah Thomas and Prof. Douglas Davis at the University of Durham.

About the speaker:

Dr Hannah Rumble is a cultural anthropologist and a Research Associate at the Centre for Death and Life Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. She completed her PhD thesis in December 2010, entitled "Giving Something Back": A case study of woodland burial and human experience at Barton Glebe.

The thesis uses interview and ethnographic data to explore the concepts, motivations and behaviours aligned with the case study natural burial site known as Barton Glebe, located a few miles West of Cambridge, and one of only two natural burial sites in the UK affiliated to the Church of England.

How to Book:

Tickets are £7 Adults and £5 Concessions (OAPs, Guardian Angel Members). Tickets can be obtained via our Box Office in the East Lodge reception, just off the Bath Road entrance between the hours of 9:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Saturday. Tickets also avaliable via paypal at website

For more information on this talk please contact Felicia Smith on 0117 971 9117 extn 211 or email

Tea + Cake + Goths = Fun

I'm going to have a little x-posting session now so please forgive me if this tea party is the only thing in your feed today. Its a good cake-y cause though

Tea party time is here again. It would be wonderful to see lots of lovely people again. If you want to come along but need directions please do give me a bell and I will do my best to help


Dusk Tour at Arnos Vale Cemetery 4th December

 December Dusk Tour

Saturday 4th December at 3.15-4.45pm.

Tickets cost £5 adults, £3 concessions (children - tour suitable for 8+ yrs; OAPs; Guardian Angels).


Bookings can be made by phone -  tel: 0117 971 9117,  online - , or on the day by dropping into the East Lodge shop before 3pm to buy a ticket.


Tickets cost £5 for adults / £3 for concessions (OAPs, Guardian Angels, Children) and the tour is suitable for children over 8 yrs.


Sturdy footwear, Warm waterproof clothing and a torch are recommended.


Bristol Gothic Tea Party

Prepare for some serious cross posting (sorry)

Bristol Gothic Tea Party
Sunday 21st of November 2pm
Bristol County Sports Club, Colston St, Bristol (BS1 5AE)
Please bring along cakes, biscuits, sandwiches, buns, fruits etc etc to share.

This is a gothic event but we don't bite (thats vampires you are getting confused with) so everyone is welcome to come along. If you came last year and are wondering about the new venue, this is a larger building, directly opposite the old venue.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

WHAT’S ON at Arnos Vale

WHAT’S ON at Arnos Vale

Join us for our first season of talks running this October to December. We’ve an exciting programme lined up, featuring notable academics from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and the West of England, exploring the diverse and fascinating popular customs associated with remembrance.

Victorian Funerals                                                                             Dr. Helen Frisby                            Friday 22nd October, 19:00-20:30

We kick off our Autumn programme with an exploration of the beliefs and customs associated with the Victorian ‘Cult of Death’ – prevalent in the hey-day of Arnos Vale.

The talk will consider folk customs, beliefs and rituals surrounding death, dying and bereavement in England during the period c.1840 to 1914. Many of these customs date directly from the Middle Ages, and they can also tell historians a great deal about Victorian village society.

Seasonal Festivals of Britain                                       Prof. Ronald Hutton                Thursday 28th October, 19:00-20:30

In the week leading up to Hallowe'en, we consider the traditional cycle of festivals of the ancient British year, with Hallowe'en itself as the first or last of these.

Beginning and ending with a consideration of Hallowe’en, this talk considers the way in which the passing year was celebrated in pre-industrial Britain, what those celebrations meant, and how the nature of the ritual year has changed with the coming of modern times.

Loss, Memory and War: Remembering the Fallen at Arnos Vale             Charles Booth                       Tuesday 23rd November, 19:00-20:30

In Arnos Vale’s month of Remembrance, we consider the changing forms of memorialisation that the Great War initiated.                                                                                                                                                                                               The enormous scale of casualties in the Great War forced nations and communities in the Twentieth century to forge new ways of remembering the fallen. The talk will provide an overview of the development of war memorials and war graves organisation in the United Kingdom, focusing on specific examples of memorials and individuals in Arnos Vale cemetery.

Angels and Mourning Today                                             Prof. Tony Walter              Wednesday 15th December, 19:00-20:30

Our last talk this season considers how contemporary popular culture engages with death and remembrance using the familiar motif of the ‘angel’.

Angels abound in contemporary popular culture - appearing in books, magazine articles, movies, websites and television programs. But do angels make sense to mourners today? The talk looks at a perhaps surprising place – the Sun newspaper’s online tributes for Jade Goody – to show there is much more to contemporary angelology than self-help and positive living.

To find out more

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T: 0117 971 9117 extn 211 and ask for Felicia Smith

Box Office: Collect and pay for your tickets from our Box Office Reception, East Lodge

(just off the Bath Road entrance)


Payment can be made by cheque, cash or credit card at our Box Office IN ADVANCE.

Alternatively click on the Paypal button on the website to pay for your tickets.

TICKETS: £7 / £5 Concessions


(Season Ticket for All Four Talks! Victorian Funerals; Seasonal Festivals of Great Britain; Loss, Memory and War, Angels and Mourning Today)


Tours at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale has some special tours happening this autumn
Event Tours
- one-off tours on special events throughout the year

An impressive 93 visitors joined our Sculpture tours last Saturday 11th September for Doors Open Day. But don't worry if you missed it, there are lots of other events coming up:

Sunday 31st October, Dusk - All Hallow's Eve - as dusk descends we visit the graves and hear the tales of some of Arnos Vale's distinguished residents.

Monday 1st November, 7.30pm - Owl Prowl - bird of prey expert Ian McGuire leads us on a discovery of the amazing nocturnal world of Owls. This event is incredibly popular so book early to avoid disappointment.

 These usually book up REALLY quickly so if you interested booking the details are:

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, West Lodge, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW

T: 0117 971 9117 ext.211