The Departure Lounge

We want to encourage people to talk about death and dying, and ensure that medical policy develops in line with people's views.

Public Dialogue

The Departure Lounge aims to encourage a national conversation about death and dying.

The Departure Lounge is a free pop-up shop in Lewisham Shopping Centre, south London, an interactive website and a digital campaign.

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LOCATION: Lewisham Shopping Centre
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday: Midday - 5.30pm / Sundays: 11.00am-5.00pm / Closed Mondays
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL | | #thedeparturelounge

The pop up installation, modelled on an airport departure lounge, seeks to enable people to talk more openly about death and dying and explore what it means to have a good death. Visitors can explore the space, share their thoughts and talk to our Guides, who are a diverse mix of researchers and professionals with experience of death and dying. The Academy has chosen Lewisham as the base for The Departure Lounge as a busy, diverse area which is also the birthplace of the hospice movement. The installation coincides with Dying Matters Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019).

The Departure Lounge has been developed by the Academy of Medical Sciences with design agency The Liminal Space.


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