Date of release: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dark TourismThe fascination for places associated with death and suffering is the subject of a public seminar at the University of Greenwich.

The university's Tourism Research Centre will be looking at 'dark tourism' in the event, which takes place on Thursday 4 May (5pm-7pm).

There are two keynote speakers including Professor John Lennon (Glasgow Caledonian University), co-author of the seminal work Dark Tourism: the attraction of death and disaster.

Sheldon Goodman, a Westminster Tour Guide who is an expert on Cemetery Tours and founder of the Cemetery Club, presents the second keynote speech.

The evening will also include a presentation on dark tourism in European cities by Ray Powell and James Kennell (both from the university).

The seminar takes place in Queen Anne Court, Room 075, at the Greenwich Campus, and coincides with the compiling of a special edition of the International Journal of Tourism Cities. The latter builds on research carried out by the Tourism Research Centre in related fields such as cultural and heritage tourism.

Refreshments will be served during the evening, which will conclude with a guided walking tour of the dark history of the Old Royal Naval College, beginning at 7pm.

To register, email with name and contact details, outlining any special dietary or disability requirements.

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