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Talks and Lectures


A wide range of podcasts from talks and lectures held at Historic Royal Palaces

Jan 24, 2012

In our rapidly changing world there are few certainties. Death is one of them, though talk around the subject is often dismissed as morbid. Historically, the situation was different: child mortality was high and life expectancy was short, making death a constant shadowy companion.

Death loomed large for prisoners in the Tower. Many faced death with dishonour, believing that an eternity in hell awaited. Such finality weighed heavily and many prisoners scratched their final thoughts into the walls of the towers in which they were incarcerated. The resulting graffiti is a unique record that offers compelling insights into these unfortunate lives.

Mark Vernon, author and co-founder of The School of Life, together with Sally Dixon-Smith, will bring insight into how we face death today, what it reveals about our society, and how we can better understand those who left their mark on the walls of the Tower.