Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Spirits of Crossbones Graveyard

7.45pm Thursday 26 January 2017
This event is now sold out. Sorry if you did not get a ticket, we hope to run it another time.

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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Cross Bones Garden of Remembrance by Garry Knight (Creative Commons)

Every month, an iconoclastic group of Londoners gather at a site in Southwark known as Crossbones Graveyard to commemorate the souls of mediaeval prostitutes believed to be buried there – the “Winchester Geese”.

This is a pilgrimage site for self-identified misfits, nonconformists and contemporary sex workers who leave memorials to the outcast dead. The ritual interpretation of the history of the site has struck a chord with many who feel alienated in present-day London.

Oxford anthropologist Professor Sondra L Hausner looks at the historical practices of sex work, the relation of the Church to these professions, and their representation in the present, arguing that ritual is a way of creating the contemporary world by mobilising stories of the past.

7.45pm Thursday 26 January 2017
This event is now sold out. Sorry if you did not get a ticket, we hope to run it another time.

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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