24 Oct 2017
Lecture: Garden Cemeteries: The landscape of the 19th & 20th Century Cemetery
Speaker: Dr Brent Elliott
Brent Elliott is a Trustee of Kensal Green Cemetery; he has been a Trustee of Highgate
Cemetery in the past, and is the Vice‐Chairman of the West Norwood Cemetery Advisory
Committee. He is a garden historian, author of Victorian Gardens (1986) and other works.
He wrote the chapter on landscape in James Stevens Curl’s book on Kensal Green Cemetery.
This talk starts in the early nineteenth century, when commercial cemeteries began to be
created with no precedents for the type of landscape they should present: a rolling lawn like
an English country park? Something formal and geometric? It follows the changes of fashion
in the design of cemetery landscapes through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,
and what has happened to those landscapes in the late twentieth century.
All talks start at 7:30 pm at the Dissenters’ Chapel, Ladbroke‐grove – please use the gate in
the wall just north of the canal. Doors open at 7:00 pm, talks start at 7:30 pm.
Please pay on the door.