There are a number of events and open days throughout the year open to the public which prove popular with historians, tourists and locals. A list of forthcoming events is shown on this page.
Tickets may be booked on the day; early booking is strongly advised as tours usually sell out by early afternoon. Tours keep to the main paths, but sensible shoes -- and protection from sun or rain as the day demands -- are advisable.
Visitors are politely reminded that Kensal Green is a working cemetery which still conducts funerals daily, and that the bereaved may be visiting the graves of family or friends during Open Days: those who come specifically for Open Day tours and events are requested to dress and behave with respect and consideration for all those in the cemetery on the day.
Visitors are welcome to take still photos of monuments and landscape throughout the cemetery for personal reference. Formal permission is required for commercial photography and the use of models, amateur or professional, and for recording, filming and/or broadcasting of any kind, including Webcasting: please contact the General Cemetery Company directly for further information.
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Please note: FoKGC handles bookings for Mausolea & Monuments Trust
Date / time: 18:30 17-Mar-21
Nicolas’s book on funeral trains, published in October 2020, focussed on the trains and the transport of coffins by train in the UK from 1840 to the present day. Visually rich the talk looks at the links between the cemeteries and railways including the Necropolis service to Brookwood. Of particular interest to MMT members Nicolas will include some burials in mausolea and the train for the reburial of the Price Imperial at Farnborough Abbey
Date / time: 18:30 07-Apr-21
Michael Hall examines the reasons why Queen Victoria commissioned a mausoleum for herself and Prince Albert in 1862 and traces the building's sources in the royal and aristocratic mausolea in Germany, France and Britain that were known to the Queen.
Michael Hall is Editor of the Burlington Magazine. His history of the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore will be published by the Royal Collection in 2021.
Date / time: 18:30 12-May-21
One of the more enduring images of North Korea in the Western world, alongside the nuclear weapons and the grandiose military parades of tanks, missiles and soldiers, is the thousands of grief-stricken, weeping North Koreans who lined the streets of Pyongyang in sub-zero temperatures in December 2011 to bid farewell to the deceased Kim Jong-il. His body, alongside that of his father and predecessor, Kim il-Sung, was embalmed and put on permanent display at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun - a vast expanse of neo-classical architecture that acts as the most sacred of national monuments in North Korea. Seemingly beyond the desire, reach or even knowledge of many, visiting North Korea and the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun as a 'tourist' is possible. Beyond the ubiquitous propaganda and the carefully caricatured visage shown to tourists, a visit can help to discredit popularly perpetuated myths about the country as well as shedding light on the efforts of the state to immortalise the rule of the Kim family in the minds of North Korean citizens.
Sam Swash is studying for a doctorate in North Korean Studies at the International Institute of Korean Studies at the University of Central Lancashire - his project is a study of the importance of the mausoleum and death culture to the North Korean state. Sam spent a week in North Korea in 2017 during the nationwide celebrations of Kim il-Sung's 105th birthday.