Researched and written by Phil Powell, former curator of geology at the Oxford University Museum and Natural History, and Nina Morgan, a geologist, science writer and author of the monthly Distant Thunder column in Geoscientist magazine, the book includes geological trails through six cemeteries in Oxford and is designed to highlight the wide variety of rock types and geological features and types of weathering that can be seen in graveyards throughout Britain.
“Curating Death” is a course for young people aged 16-25 who are unemployed. The course will teach the art of Curating as they put together their own exhibition on the subject of “Death”. The course is free and runs two days a week for 4 weeks in Bristol starting October 5th. “Curating Death” is a collaboration between Creative Youth Network and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
‘Tender’ is a film I really want to see!
Death is the last taboo: a subject we avoid and a process we leave to the tender mercies of the professionals. Not in the seaside town of Port Kembla where a community group have decided to establish a charity funeral service for the town’s hard-up residents. They tackle the endeavour with good cheer and boundless compassion until one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and everything assumes a much more personal significance. Lynette Wallworth’s beautifully observed, uplifting documentary salutes a vibrant community and provides a life-affirming view of coming to terms with death, with a score by Nick Cave.
A plenary panel chaired by Professor Nigel Llewellyn, former Head of Research, Tate, will discuss “Death after the Reformation – what do we still need to understand about continuity and change in beliefs, attitudes and practices?”
The theme for 2016 is death and identity. Papers are invited to explore this subject within any period from the medieval into the modern day from any disciplinary perspective. Established research and work-in-progress welcomed.
Papers are particularly welcome on the subjects of: The Effect of the Reformation upon Scottish Death practices and beliefs; Death in the Scottish Diaspora; Folklore, customs and rituals; Death, grief and mourning; Death, poverty, age, gender and status; Childhood death; Architecture, ladscape and monuments; Death in literature and the visual arts; Legal and medical aspects of death; Theology, liturgy and funeral ministry.
Abstracts of 200 words max should be sent by 16 October 2015 to: firstname.lastname@example.org