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May 2019

Open Day at Sandwell Valley Crematorium

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sandwell Valley Crematorium, Newton Road
West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 3SX United Kingdom

Behind the scenes at Sandwell Valley Crematorium, a chance to see what goes on, what your choices are and how you can plan in advance.

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Archaeology in the graveyard – talk

May 18 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square
Birmingham, West Midlands B3 3DH United Kingdom
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An illustrated talk into the archaeology of Park Street burial ground, being excavated as part of the preparatory work for HS2 rail line. This investigation of a 19th century graveyard is giving archaeologists the opportunity to learn about life and death in Birmingham as it changed from a market town to industrial city. Archaeologists from MOLA-Headland Infrastructure (MHI) will explore the scientific techniques they’ve used, from geophysical surveys to isotopic testing, and what they’ve learnt from the past. Free entry.…

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Incantations: A Creative Workshop at the Coffin Works

May 18 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Coffin Works, 13 - 15 Fleet Street
Birmingham, West Midlands B3 1JP United Kingdom
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This new event is brought to the festival by Jodie Kim, Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, and Laura Joyce the Coffin work's writer in residence. They are working on a project that collects together incantations that relate to histories, mourning, and memories. This workshop will draw on that research and practice to invite participants to create their own incantations and rituals. They see the function of the incantation as a means to crystallise emotion into a powerful moment of…

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Death and Literature Reading Group at the Coffin Works: Sarah Hall “Sudden Traveller”

May 19 @ 2:30 pm

Sunday 19th May at 2.30pm To round out A Matter of Life and Death at Coffin Works this Dying Matters Week, the Coffin Works are launching a new death and literature reading group. We will come together to discuss topics of death and dying in literature, starting with the reading of Sarah Hall’s short story “Sudden Traveller” shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018. The event will be facilitated by Laura Joyce the Coffin Work's writer in residence.…

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A Matter of Life and Death: a Pint of Science Festival

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Birmingham Whisky Club, 75-80 Vyse Street
Birmingham, B18 6HA
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Rather brilliantly there is another event this May which shares our Festival's title. This time brought to Birmingham by the PINT OF SCIENCE FESTIVAL. During the mixture of talks they explore how recent advances in artificial intelligence are bringing technology to life, enabling computers to make complex decisions in a number of exciting situations. But whilst we focus on injecting life into our tech, we must consider how death plays a part too. What actually happens to our data after…

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