Events and Open Days at Kensal Green

Events

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: 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 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.

FoKGC Forthcoming Events

Magnificence Restored: Monuments and Mausolea at Kensal Green

Date / time: 10:00 26-Mar-22

A special tour, led by Henry Vivian-Neal, will focus particularly on the monuments and mausolea at Kensal Green recently all beautifully restored by Historic England including:

  • Ludwig Blumberg (died 1857)
  • Joseph Allmond Cropper (1782-1862)
  • Thomas Fenwick (1774-1837)
  • General Sir William Casement (1780-1844)
  • Henry Edward Kendall (1776-1875)
  • James Morison (1770-1840)
  • General James Perry (circa 1791-1863) - Sir Patrick O’Brien (1823-1895)
  • Commander Charles Spencer Ricketts (1788-1867)
  • Marian Susan Ross (died 1860)
  • Julia Slater (circa 1834-1858)
  • John Thompson (1756-1843)
  • Frederick Tillson (circa 1822-1870)
  • James Ward, R.A. (1769-1859)

The visit will include access to a number of notable mausolea in the cemetery .

The visit will begin at 2.00 pm from the Vehicle Entrance to the Cemetery (near Alma Place in the Harrow Rd) and last approximately 2 hours.


Price: £12.00

Magnificence Restored: Monuments and Mausolea at Kensal Green

Date / time: 14:00 26-Mar-22

A special tour, led by Henry Vivian-Neal, will focus particularly on the monuments and mausolea at Kensal Green recently all beautifully restored by Historic England including:

  • Ludwig Blumberg (died 1857)
  • Joseph Allmond Cropper (1782-1862)
  • Thomas Fenwick (1774-1837)
  • General Sir William Casement (1780-1844)
  • Henry Edward Kendall (1776-1875)
  • James Morison (1770-1840)
  • General James Perry (circa 1791-1863) - Sir Patrick O’Brien (1823-1895)
  • Commander Charles Spencer Ricketts (1788-1867)
  • Marian Susan Ross (died 1860)
  • Julia Slater (circa 1834-1858)
  • John Thompson (1756-1843)
  • Frederick Tillson (circa 1822-1870)
  • James Ward, R.A. (1769-1859)

The visit will include access to a number of notable mausolea in the cemetery .

The visit will begin at 2.00 pm from the Vehicle Entrance to the Cemetery (near Alma Place in the Harrow Rd) and last approximately 2 hours.


Price: £12.00


Mausolea & Monuments Trust Forthcoming Events

Please note: FoKGC handles bookings for Mausolea & Monuments Trust

The Rise and Fall of Doctor Gully

Date / time: 18:30 13-Jan-22

Kensal Green holds the simple grave of a Victorian celebrity doctor who had near-miraculous healing powers. Dr Gully was sought out by all the big names including Darwin, Dickens and Tennyson. He was renowned for innovative treatments and developed Malvern as a spa town for hydrotherapy. But when he retired to South London, a tangled love affair brought infamy upon him and implicated him in one of the great unsolved murder mysteries: the death of Charles Bravo in the case known as “Murder at the Priory”.

Colin Fenn is a trustee of Kensal Green Cemetery and spends his time between Malvern and South London. He is Vice chairman of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends, a member of Malvern Civic Society and a historian with a special interest in Victorian engineering and sanitation.


Price: £5.00

The cities of the dead: Italy’s monumental cemeteries of the nineteenth century

Date / time: 18:30 16-Feb-22

A talk by Dr Hannah Malone Italians have a special relationship with their dead and that relationship gave shape to Italy’s modern cemeteries. Whereas until the late eighteenth century the dead had been buried in urban churches and graveyards, from the early 1800s, the prohibition of burial within cities across Europe led to the creation of new cemeteries, which were suburban, public, secular, and socially inclusive. Their importance reflected the celebration of death in an era of Romanticism and individualism. Particularly in Italy, many cities built new cemeteries that were unparalleled in their scale and grandeur. Although Romantic culture was widespread throughout Europe, Italy’s cemeteries of the nineteenth century were distinctive in that they were monumental rather than landscaped, and unique in their size and cost. Drawing on her monograph, Architecture, Death and Nationhood: Monumental Cemeteries of Nineteenth-Century Italy (Routledge, 2017), and discussed at the time in Mausolus, this talk will explore Italy’s monumental cemeteries as a distinctly Italian phenomenon. Dr Hannah Malone is based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Centre for the History of Emotions in Berlin having previously studied at Magdalen College Cambridge.


Price: £5.00