All The Buzz from Brompton Cemetery

Exhibition of photos of bees is highlight of busy month of activities

All Abuzz at Brompton Cemetery, an exhibition of exquisite photography of bees in Brompton Cemetery, is a highlight of a busy month in the Victorian cemetery.  

Brompton Cemetery exhibition of photography of bees

The exhibition, coming to the cemetery's chapel from 14 May till 14 June, is of photographs taken by Sarah Cheesbrough, a local wildlife lover and features photographer.

In addition, visitors can explore apiarist Peter Teller's beehive and stop by for some locally produced honey.

A second exhibition, Death and Burial in Different Cultures is on now and continues till 12 May. An immersive exhibition in the newly restored Brompton Cemetery Chapel shares findings from discussions exploring death and burial in different cultures with diverse communities in Earls Court and Chelsea.

Thursdays 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 May, 10am till 12pm  - Live to Sing: Protest Songs

A unique opportunity to engage in a series of six singing workshops on the theme of PROTEST in the cemetery's chapel.   Facilitated by a professional singing coach and social historian (Radio Days) theywill explore a range of protest songs from various moments in history, each within its historical and social context.

This is a free workshop open to all who would like to sing, no matter your singing experience.  All the music will be taught by ear and the facilitator has wide experience in leading community singing as well as vocal work with actors and theatre students.  This is a program through the Sing to Live, Live to Sing heath programme.

Booking essential:

Thursday 3, Tuesday 8, May,  10am - 12pm - The Edible Garden Project

3 May: a look at some favourite herbs, exploring how we use them to flavour food and improve our health.  RBKC Lead Gardener William Rallison explores the uses of herbs in the home and throughout history

8 May: planting salads. Learn how to reuse items you usually throw away to make salad, make sure you book ahead of time to reserve a spot.

Venue: Brompton Cemetery Chapel. All materials provided.  Booking essential, email

Saturday 12 May, 6pm- 8pm, Dr Death Lecture Series: The World's Weirdest Deaths

Hear how the mighty and the humble have suffered the most bizarre, embarrassing and amusing deaths at the hands of fickle fate. Tickets £10.

Brompton Cemetery

Tuesday 15 May, 11am - 1pm - Cemetery Horticulture Tour

Join Park Manager Andrew Williams to explore the horticulture of this Grade 1 listed landscape. Meet at the North Lodge.

Wednesday 16 May, 2pm - 4pm, 23 May, 10.30am - 11.30am - RBKC Walking Group

Join a leisurely walk for all levels. Meet at the North Gate on Old Brompton Road.

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May, 6pm - 8pm - Tales of Tea and Fortune

Explore the history of the nation's favourite beverage, tea, through the life of renowned plant hunter Robert Fortune.  You can expect entertainment, some jaw-dropping facts, parlour games and lots of tea drinking!

To book email:

Friday 25 May - The Life and Times of Brompton Cemetery Pop Up

Do you enjoy roaming the cemetery?  What brings you here? The project is recording living memories of Brompton Cemetery.  Do you have a memory of the cemetery you would like to share?  Come and join the pop up recording studio to have a chat.

May 26, 2pm -4pm -Medical Heroes of Brompton Cemetery

Join Timothy Peters to explore the cemetery's fascinating link to anaesthesia, cholera, heart surgery and much more!Venue: North Lodge Meeting Place (Old Brompton Road)

May 26, 6pm - 8pm -  Doctor Death Trilogy: Your Worst Fears, Premature Burial

Premature burial has unquestionably happened in the past and there are some recent cases of last-minute salvation.  Who can contemplate this ultimate of horrors without being chilled to the marrow?  Tickets £10

The Friends of Brompton Cemetery also conduct tours every Sunday from 2pm - 4pm, offering a general history tour of this Victorian garden cemetery. Everyone is welcome and tours are free, though a donation of £8 is suggested. Meet at the North Lodge on Old Brompton Road.


May 3, 2018