Life and Death in Exile: Kensal Green Cemetary, 19 June

INVITATION TO KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY: LIFE AND DEATH IN EXILE

We hope you will join us on 19 June, at a small free seminar at Kensal Green Cemetery, followed by packed lunch then guided tours of the graves of exiles and immigrants. This event is part of Refugee Week, but is a very unusual gathering. Issues around what death means for those in exile, and the role of cemeteries, are rarely addressed, yet cemeteries are places of tolerance, where lives and achievements can be celebrated. KGC is a wonderful setting, a large and beautiful Victorian cemetery still used by local communities. Marc Brunel, refugee father of Isambard Kingdome Brunel, is buried there, plus Erich Fried.
Come for the morning talks only (10am) or afternoon walk (1.30pm). Bring a packed lunch. To find out more, phone Ruth Wilson on 0113 266 9123 or go to www.tandem-uk.com

Please pass this invitation on to your colleagues and other contacts.

“This is a wonderful and timely event. The day at Kensal Green Cemetery should interest anyone who has forebears or family members who have come here from abroad. It’s a unique opportunity to explore this beautiful cemetery. I thoroughly look forward to taking part.”
Catharine Arnold, author, Necropolis

WHO IS BURIED AT KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY? EXILES and IMMIGRANTS

  • Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769 – 1859) Engineering genius and father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  • Erich Fried (1921 – 1988) Austrian poet, pacifist and social activist
  • Emile Blondin (1824 – 1897) tight-rope walker
  • Kelso Cochrane (1927 – 1959) carpenter, victim of unsolved racist murder
  • Jean Pierr Ginnett (died 1861) circus performer and French prisoner of war
  • Carlo Giuliano (1831 – 1895) great art jeweller
  • Rev Ridley Haim Herschell (1807 – 1864) Dissenting minister
  • Sir Patrick O’Brien (1823 – 1895) Irish member of parliament and traveller
  • Emil Reich (1854 – 1910) Hungarian born historian
  • Oscar Rejlander (1813 – 1875) Swedish photographer
  • Tibor Szamuely (1925 – 1972) Writer and journalist
  • Dwarkanauth Tagore (d 1846) Indian businessman and philanthropist
  • Friedrck Martin Josef Welwitsch (1806 – 1872) Austrian botanist.
  • Lady Jane Fancisca Wilde (1821 – 1896) Poet and mother of Oscar Wilde
  • Giovanni Battista Falcieri (1798 – 1874) Devoted manservant of Lord Byron

And more. The cemetery continues to be used by surrounding communities.

WHO ARE THE SPEAKERS ON 19 JUNE?
Catharine Arnold, Author of Necropolis
Ken Worpole, Author of Last Landscapes and other books.
Plus Leonie Kellaher, author of the secret cemetery, Susie Symes, chair of 19 Princelet St, the museum of immigration and diversity, Zrinka Bralo, Director, Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum, and refugee poets.

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