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Monuments and Mausolea Trust Events

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We have been sent the following list of events from the Monuments and Mausolea Trust – more details on their web site at

Bear in mind that some or all of these events may be cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 virus – you need to contact the MMT to check that any given event is going ahead.

Events 2020

Lecture: New Insights into London Cemeteries

Tuesday 31st March 2020

A talk by Brian Parsons, who is currently working with Hugh Meller on a new edition of their well-known compendium London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer. Brian will be talking to us about the latest research he has gleaned for the updated version, in particular progress during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

To book your tickets please visit


Event: Beauchamp Chapel Tour, Warwick

Thursday 21st May 2020

A tour by Linda Monckton of the Beauchamp Chapel at St Mary’s Church in Warwick. The chapel contains the tomb of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, father-in-law of the notorious ‘Kingmaker’, and one of the richest and most powerful people in Medieval England.

Richard de Beauchamp provided funds in his will for the creation of a chantry chapel in St Mary’s, and it is one of the great Gothic architectural achievements in England. The executors of Beauchamp’s will spent over £2,400, an enormous sum in those days, creating a masterpiece of Gothic style which took over 20 years to complete.

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Event: Beckford’s Tower & Museum Tour, Bath

Saturday 27th June 2020

Built between 1826 and 1827, Beckford’s Tower is an extraordinary building that was once home to one of the greatest collections of books, furniture and art in Georgian England and now stands as the only surviving example of William Beckford’s great architectural achievements.

Join us for a tour and talk by Amy Frost, curator of Beckford’s Museum, of the tower and its surrounding cemetery in Bath.

To book your tickets please visit


Event: Annual General Meeting

Saturday 11th July 2020

Join us at Wesley’s Chapel in the City of London for the society’s Annual General Meeting, to hear about our work over the past 12 months. The AGM will be followed by a tour of Bunhill Fields.

To book your place please visit

Lecture: Final Journey: Funeral Trains

Monday 12th October 2020

A lecture by Nicholas Wheatley that coincides with the publication of his book on funeral 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 cemeteries and railways, including the Necropolis service to Brookwood. Of particular interest to MMT members, Nicolas will include some burials in Mausolea: E.g. the one near Maldon, Essex, for the Champion de Crespigny family (which sadly no longer exists); and the movement by train for the reburial of the Prince Imperial at Farnborough Abbey.

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Gavin Stamp Memorial Research Grants

Applications are still being accepted for the Gavin Stamp Memorial Research Grant, promoting scholarly study of funerary architecture.

Gavin was a longstanding supporter and champion of the MMT, and had served as a trustee since 2010. A renowned scholar, writer and lecturer himself, the Memorial Grant has been established to support scholarly research focussed on mausoleums and funerary architecture within the UK.

Applications for funding are welcomed from salaried and independent scholars at all stages of their career, including PhD or Masters students and experienced academics, towards discrete projects concerning mausolea or monuments within the UK.

More information can be found here

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