Illuminating talk on Victorian cemeteries in Richmond

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Dark matter: But Debbie Challis will shed some light on cemeteries Dark matter: But Debbie Challis will shed some light on cemeteries

An academic will speak in Richmond this month about how ancient times have influenced Victorian cemeteries.

Lovers of Channel 4’s hit series Time Team will welcome Dr Debbie Challis to Richmond as she considers how ideas and styles from the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian periods influenced graveyards and monuments in London during the mid-19th century.

Dr Challis is audience development officer at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, and has programmed popular public walks around cemeteries with Cathie Bryan for a number of years.

Author of numerous publications, her latest book is The Archaeology of Race: The Eugenic Ideas of Francis Galton and Flinders Petrie.

From emblems on graves to the impact of archaeological discoveries, the talk explores examples from cemeteries including Abney Park, Nunhead, Kensal Green, West Norwood and Highgate.

Ave Atque Vale: The Influence of Antiquity on Victorian Cemeteries; Museum of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP; June 19; 6pm; Free, ticket required. £2 donation welcomed; Call 020 8332 1141.

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