Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

The Friends of Horton Cemetery were awarded a grant by Historic England for the Out of Sight, Out of Mind digital, arts-based project, revisioning the life histories of patients in Europe’s largest asylum cemetery. Led by Dr Alana Harris on behalf of the charity, we seek to recapture the stories of patients and create a crowd-sourced memorial, overcoming historical amnesia, neglect, and inaction.

As a part of this project, we painted 1600 ceramic flowers to commemorate the 9000 patients buried through regular arts-therapy-based craft workshops. You can find details of when our next workshop is taking place through our social media.



1500 ceramic flowers, painted by the public, to be unveiled in Epsom on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2023). R.S.V.P. War heroes, a Titanic...

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Upcoming event @TheHortonEpsom, Tuesday 12 December, 14:00 with @FWtheatre, @SurreyHeritage, @ontherecordcic and Emma Brown #Disability #InclusionMatters #MentalHealthMatters and @Horton_Cemetery

Our spin off project, featuring the life histories of four @Horton_Cemetery patients (and others from @SurreyHeritage records), alongside Emma Brown's portraits and fabulous @FWtheatre reflections ...captured by @ontherecordcic. Opening tomorrow @TheHortonEpsom. Check it out!

Join us this Friday, 1/12 @TheHortonEpsom for the launch of 'Us & Them', with @FWtheatre, @ontherecordcic, @SurreyHeritage and Emma Brown. Exploring photographic representations of disability, ...past and present. #DisabilityInclusion #Disability

Video footage of our "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" event on #MentalHealthAwareness day, 10th Oct '23. We planted 1500+ ceramic flowers, painted by locals & school children. We had to hold it on ...the neighbouring farmland, as the cemetery is in private hands.

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We need your help!

We are seeking volunteers (who will be trained, and work in pairs) to lead public engagement ‘chat and craft’ workshops, which will discuss the history of the ‘Epsom Asylum’ cluster and its cemetery.

For further information visit https://linktr.ee/outofsightepsom or email alana.harris@kcl.ac.uk