At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. A Death Cafe is a special occasion – a discussion group where the only topic is death. And it makes for a fantastic conversation!
More information on the international phenomenon that is Death cafe can be found at www.deathcafe.com
For this Death Café we have a particularly special venue. We are being hosted by The Coffin Works, Birmingham’s newest heritage attraction. Opened in October 2014, the restored Newman Brothers factory is a former coffin furniture manufactory giving us a taste of industrial life in Birmingham. The coffin fittings collection is both extensive and unique, contributing to our understanding of the changing attitudes to death and indeed life over a hundred-year period.
It’s a match made in heaven!
We would heartily encourage you to book a tour of the Coffin Works while you are at the venue. On Sunday 11th there will be tours at 12pm or at 3pm allowing you to attend Death Café.
There is a lovely article about the tours in the Telegraph here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/centralengland/11256473/13-reasons-to-visit-the-Newman-Brothers-Coffin-Fittings-Museum.htmlTours are £5 and can be booked in advance by calling 0121 233 4790 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org