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Dying Matters

Date Saturday 13 June 2015
Time 11:00am - 4:00pm
Location Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market St, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP
Cost £FREE
Website www.harrismuseum.org.uk

Victorian Mourning brooch

To complement our current solo exhibition by Lucy Beech, we present a day of free talks, tours and workshops looking at the rituals of death past and present, plus some practical guidance on preparing for one of the things guaranteed in life (and we don't mean taxes!)

Discover Preston Talks, first floor
Back to Black: The Complex Rituals of Victorian Mourning
11am – 12pm
From horse-drawn hearse to widow's weeds, we lift the veil on cryptic customs shrouding a Victorian death.'  Dr Amanda Draper is a freelance curator with over 15 years’ experience of working with museum collections including the Harris'. Her PhD is a study of mourning in Victorian art.

Why Everyone should make a Will and How to leave your very own Legacy
12.00 noon – 12.45pm
Anna Marie Knipe, Associate Solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law will dispel the myths about making a Will and Hilary Machell from the Harris Museum & Art Gallery will talk about how the museum could benefit from even a small gift.

'WHAT MAKES a DEAD GOOD FUNERAL?'
1.45pm-2.45pm
Sue Gill will cover this topic with a presentation concerning aspects of unique ceremonies, showing how the practice has moved on with natural burial sites and how to find them.

Fine Art Gallery Talks, second floor
Life Death and Life Reclaimed
1pm-1.30pm
Join Herma Holt for a closer look at the sudden Rising of the Nile painting.

In Memory of Arthur Devis
1.45pm-2.30pm
An opportunity to see with the Fine Art Curator one of the most unusual objects in our collection – a model tomb created in memory of Preston born artist Arthur Devis

Tours:
How the Egyptians dealt with Death
12pm- 1pm & 2pm- 3pm
Visit John Somerscales’ murals at the top of the Harris to find out more about the Ancient Egyptians thoughts and beliefs surrounding death and how it influenced their religion and culture.
Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414. Please note that places are limited.

Workshops:
Tracing your Ancestors:
2.30-3.30pm
A window on wills, burials, obituaries and inquest reports
Learn how to use these various documents to research your family history with Claire Sutton from the Community Heritage team.
Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414.
Please note that places are limited.


'WHAT MAKES a DEAD GOOD FUNERAL?
3pm-4pm
Following on from the What Makes A Dead Good Funeral presentation, this workshop will be an opportunity for questions and discussion and an invitation to spend some time generating ideas, with guidance, and noting your own funeral wishes and preferences.
Reserve your free place at the shop or by ringing 01772 905414.
Please note that places are limited.

Stands, first floor
Why Everyone should make a Will and  How to leave your very own Legacy
11am-2pm
Anna Marie Knipe, Associate Solicitor at Birchall Blackburn Law and her colleague Rosemary Johns will be available on the Friends of the Harris stall for an hour before and after the talk to answer questions and give informal guidance.

Preston Cemetery – Past and Present
1pm-3pm
Join Julie Knifton to find out more about the people buried there and the clues left behind by the Victorians.

Handling: Victorian Mourning Jewellery
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Handle some Victorian Mourning jewellery from our collection and learn more about these items with Susan Evans.