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Earth to Earth - the practice of Natural Burial [Mar. 3rd, 2011|10:20 am]
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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 www.arnosvale.org.uk

For more information on this talk please contact Felicia Smith on 0117 971 9117 extn 211 or email felicia.smith@arnosvale.org.uk