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From Dust to Dust?

17 November, 2018, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free

This event will explore historic attitudes to death, burial and memorialisation at two Greenwich churches with crypts. In two linked activities you can come on a tour of the atmospheric crypt at Nicholas Hawksmoor’s magnificent St Alfege parish church, and then a guided walk round the ghost site of the now-lost and forgotten St Mary’s chapel of ease.

How would you like to be remembered after you die? A headstone? A tree? A marble tomb in a crypt? Until the twentieth century the parish church was the final destination for many. But, as attitudes to religious faith, death and memorialisation change, burial in the church, churchyard and cemetery are no longer the only or even preferred options. In visiting these sites – one standing and one dismantled – you will not only explore how and why material ways of memorialising the dead change, but also how churches and burial sites have their own complicated histories of ‘endings’, in deconsecration, demolition and redevelopment.

Tours of the crypt are limited to a maximum of 15 people, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

In partnership with

St Alfege church, Greenwich

Contact email address

s.m.pennell@greenwich.ac.uk

Booking required?

Yes


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Details

Date:
17 November, 2018
Time:
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-dust-to-dust-greenwich-churches-crypt-tour-guided-walk-tickets-48646969395

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Description for print
Join guided tours of the crypt in St Alfege’s church, Greenwich and around the site of the demolished St Mary's, to explore how we used to be buried and commemorated; and how we might do so in the future.
Is booking required?
Yes
Contact email address
s.m.pennell@greenwich.ac.uk
Event partners
St Alfege church, Greenwich
Region
London
City/town
Greenwich
Accessibility information
St Alfege crypt has limited accessibility with steep steps leading down to it. The guided walk of the site of St Mary's is on level ground, and wheelchair accessible.

Venue

St Alfege church & the site of St Mary’s church, Greenwich
3 Greenwich Church St
London, SE10 9BJ Select a Country:
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Accessibility information
St Alfege crypt has limited accessibility with steep steps leading down to it. The guided walk of the site of St Mary's is on level ground, and wheelchair accessible.
Website:
https://www.st-alfege.org/