Don’t blink


Cemeteries – once you get past the understandable unease – are fascinating places that can tell us lots about social mores in the Victorian era. Image from Lichfield Discovered.

Kate Cardigan Gomez and Sandfields champion Dave Moore have teamed up with their informal local history group Lichfield Discovered to give a free talk in Lichfield this coming Monday evening (8th September 2014) entitled ‘Weeping Angels – Symbolism in Victorian Cemeteries’.

Te Victorian relationship with human mortality is fascinating and I can’t think of a more passionate historian to explore this remarkable history with than Dave Moore.

The talk starts at 7:00pm at the Lichfield Heritage Centre, which is in St. Mary’s in the market square. All are welcome.

Kate had this to say about the walk:

On Monday 8th September, David Moore is giving a talk called ‘Weeping Angels – Symbolism in Victorian Cemeteries’.

It’s at St. Mary’s in the Market Square in Lichfield and starts at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to stay behind for refreshments afterwards.

There is no charge (although donations towards the upkeep of the Heritage Centre at St Mary’s are always welcome).

These events are increasing in popularity, and I can see why; this is a collection of dedicated but offbeat local history enthusiasts who really know how to make their subject engaging and entertaining. And it’s absolutely free to attend. What’s not to love?


I’ not much of a Doctor Who fan, but probably best not to blink anyway. Image from Lichfield Discovered.

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2 Responses to Don’t blink

  1. Mick P says:

    Interesting to see the image of the weeping angel here. The original of this – and I think it’s the original pictured – is in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Testaccio, Rome, where I work as a volunteer. It was created in, I think, 1894, by William W Story for his late wife Emelyn and is called The Angel of Grief. It has been copied many times and also crops up on heavy metal album covers and the like. It really is a stunning and moving piece of work. The poets Keats and Shelley also rest in the same cemetery, a place well worth a visit if ever you’re in Rome.

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