We've been quietly working away at the National Trust's wonderful Sutton Hoo site in Suffolk for a while and now we've programmed an upcoming series of events. First up - come and hear founder Jon Underwood talk about the inspirational and amazing Death Cafe movement:
"Death and Cakeâ€
Can talking about death make life a better place to be?
Archaeologists and visitors alike speculate on the history of Sutton Hoo. What kinds of ritual might have ended with an enormous ship being dragged up to the burial mounds we see today? However we interpret these intriguing remnants from deaths in the distant past, there seems no doubt that the end of life was significant and visible in Anglo Saxon society.
Which ceremonies, spaces or rituals remain to help us think about, understand or even â€˜manageâ€™ death today?
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death, with the objective of â€˜increasing our awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) livesâ€™.
Started in Jon Underwoodâ€™s London kitchen in 2011, over 4000 Death Cafes have since been hosted in 42 different countries using the simple guidelines provided on the website.
Clearly we do want to talk about death nowadays!
Come along to hear more about the interesting Death Cafe model and why Jon thinks it has been such a success.
You can find out more about the Death Cafe and Jon here: http://deathcafe.com
This first event is on Saturday 25 Feb 2017 from 17:30 - 19:00 with tickets a steal at Â£3 (refreshments are provided, places are limited so do book ahead on 01394 389714)
See more about Sutton Hoo & booking info here
We will be hosting our own 'actual' Death Cafe at Sutton Hoo the weekend following Jonâ€™s talk and then there's and an event with friends and fellow artists French & Mottershead to follow!