Tours & Events

I’m an accredited City of Westminster Tourist Guide and my tours and events are aimed at the general public, although private tours can be designed upon request.

I pride myself on creating and delivering accessible and entertaining experiences that educate and inspire; I have created large scale public engagements for The Royal Parks and National Archives.

The Wonder Women of Hampstead Cemetery

Dates: Wednesday 4th March at 11am & Sunday 8th March 2020 at 2:00pm

Place: Hampstead Cemetery, 69 Fortune Green Rd, West Hampstead, London NW6 1DR.

For International Women’s Day join me for a guided tour through the gravestones of one of the most beautiful open spaces in London and meet the likes of legendary actresses, illustrators, ballet dancers and artists whose stories shouldn’t be forgotten! Rub shoulders with legendary stage actresses, listen to some evocative poetry and marvel at the sauciest performer to tread the boards of any stage!

Drop Dead Gorgeous: The Queerly Departed of Arnos Vale Cemetery

Dates: Friday 6th March 2020 at 6:00pmSaturday 7th March 2020 at 6:00pm

Place: Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Arno’s Vale, Bristol BS4 3EW

The lives of the queerly departed are mostly unheard and unmentioned; buried deeply beneath forgotten headstones and lost among encroaching ivy. These were lives which didn’t conform to expectations of gender and sexuality: Secretive song writers, watercolour painters, suffragists, poets and more.

As they died, so did their life stories. Join Sacha, Sheldon and a host of queer artists and performers as ambassadors for the queer dead as we explore the hidden LGBTQ people buried in Arnos Vale Cemetery for the first time for Drop Dead Gorgeous!

Graves in the Wood: The Abandoned Beauty of Barnes Cemetery 

Dates: Saturday 11th April 2020 & Saturday 19th April 2020 at 1:30pm

Place: Barnes Cemetery, Rocks Lane, London, SW13 0BY

Barnes cemetery is a sylvan santuary that the village nearby (and London generally) has largely forgotten. You’ll find people such as the Edwardian Marilyn Manson, a maverick life-gambling doctor, a lady whose murder scandalised civilised society and an artist who painted images that would have been the desktop background on every Victorian’s laptop (had they had them back then). Join me to discover a real gem of London’s heritage and personally meet some long-gone Londoners in this beautiful woodland on Barnes Common – musical finale included!

Testimonials

‘The hour and a half went very quickly – Sheldon is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining guide and it was a pleasure to accompany him around the cemetery.’ David Bingham, The London Dead 

‘The life-stories were well chosen, a good mix of sad, funny and plain weird. It was a fine example of public engagement.’ @WorldOfWatters

‘We just did the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park tour and found it extremely interesting. Sheldon was an excellent guide and provided many facts about the cemetery and the people buried there.’ Brian M, Tripadvisor

‘The tour is so well researched and intriguing – Sheldon give gravitas to every story, talking about every woman and every man with honesty and respect. The Cemetery Club tours are a public service!’ – @DrCarpineti

‘Sheldon was able to tell us interesting life stories of many of the notable people buried there and despite it being such a large group, kept us all enthralled. A very good tour that I would highly recommend.’ @LeighFStanford

“I have always loved being told stories, and discovering stories to share with others – and Sheldon is an excellent storyteller. As we followed Sheldon through the woodland, skipping between decades, it felt like we were travelling through time.” @RBel2

Past Tours

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9 thoughts on “Tours & Events

  1. Just been on the walk around Tower Hamlets Cemetery. Fascinating and entertaining. Sheldon and Sam were great guides. Thank you

  2. Just been on ‘The Wonder Women of Hampstead Cemetary’ tour. A great afternoon! Interesting, informative and sometimes plain astonishing, Sheldon really paints such vivid pictures of their lives. He had such passion and humanity. Highly Recommended. Can’t wait to do another tour.

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