Lucy and Tora will be taking a look at the funeral industry throughout the ages, from the lavish ceremonies of the Victorian era to the creative memorials of the present day. They discuss the benefits of creating a personalised, meaningful event, embracing our mortality and "doing death right".
This talk has been organised by Wire Wool Events especially for Winchester Heritage Open Days.
Tora Colwill established The Modern Funeral (a funeral service operating in Brighton) to offer people more control of their funeral experience - guiding them to choose the options that are right for them and supporting them to be more involved in the process - to make the funeral experience as positive and cost-effective as it can be. Simplifying things can leave more room for emotions and lead to a more personal, meaningful funeral and healthy bereavement.
Lucy Coleman Talbot is co-founder of Death and the Maiden, a feminist website that examines the relationship between women and death. She is author of Little Book of Maudism, and a volunteer warden at the Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark, London. She is currently on an MPhil/PhD studentship examining the Crossbones at the University of Winchester. Lucy is interested in myth, ritual, community heritage and social justice.
Death & Funerals Photograph Copyright - Stems UK
Please note the room where the talk is being held is only accessible via stairs or a lift. Since the lift cannot be used in an emergency, evacuation of less able visitors in an emergency is down the stairs via an evacuation chair. Hampshire Record Office ask that we notify them advance of the presence of anyone using a wheelchair or with access issues likely to require use of an evacuation chair in an emergency. Please select 'accessible ticket' if you feel this could be you.