OGOM Gothic New Year Tour

Happy New Year OGOMers. Why not catch up on the dark fest that was Gothic Advent and celebrate 2020 by joining us on 18th January to explore the magical and spectral history of St Albans. Your hosts will be vampire expert Dr Sam George and Dr Kaja Franck (a specialist in werewolves); together they will draw on the dark folklore of Hertfordshire’s finest supernatural city, home to hidden tombs, ghostly monks, pagan gods, grotesque carvings, a medieval dragon’s lair, succubi, winged skulls, witches, Sir Guy de Grevade, a notorious wizard, Wicca communities, folklore rituals and more!!

Gothic carvings in the abbey

Highlights of the tour will include a cloven-footed succubus, a path made out of gravestones and a winged skull or ‘death’s head’, which represents death taking flight and the soul’s journey to the afterlife. This memento mori has become a symbol of studying Open Graves with an Open Mind, which is what we will be encouraging on the night.

‘I absolutely loved the tour. I learnt so much about the dark side side of the town that I have lived in for 32 years’ (Angela Silverman, 2018 Tour)

Date 18 January 2020
Venue meet at the Clock Tower, St Albans at 14.30
Tour lasts 90 minutes
Price £10.00 (£8.00 concession)
Booking Required (Email: sam@opengravesopenminds.com)
Please have appropriate footwear for graveyards & muddy paths

About Sam George

Associate Professor of Research, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire Co-convenor OGOM Project
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