Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Designing Utopia: John Hargrave and the Kibbo Kift

London Fortean Society in partnership with Conway Hall present


Cathy Ross:  Designing Utopia: John Hargrave and the Kibbo Kift

£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Wednesday 13 April 2016
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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Cathy Ross, Honorary Research Fellow at Museum of London, has collaborated on the first detailed account of the remarkable British writer and artist John Hargrave and his three creations The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, The Green Shirt Movement for Social Credit and The Social Credit Party of Great Britain.

Combining art, politics and design to visually stunning effect, Hargarve and his followers created a maverick but uniquely English form of modernism. Emerging from the turbulence of the twentieth century, this colourful Utopian youth movement has strong resonances with the twenty-first-century world. Cathy Ross will discuss this fascinating organisation with us.

£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Wednesday 13 April 2016
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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Monday, 18 January 2016

Bore Hole: “How I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high”

London Fortean Society in partnership with Conway Hall present

Joe Mellen: Bore Hole: “How I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high

£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Monday 29 February 2016
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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Travelling to Morocco and Ibiza, then back to the first spring of swinging London, Joe Mellen 
discovers the pleasures of hashish, is captivated by the visionary intensity of LSD and, after meeting the Dutch psychedelic guru Bart Huges, attempts the ultimate head trip, the bore hole.

Strange Attractor press have released a heavily expanded edition of Joe Mellen’s auto-trepanation memoir: Bore Hole which takes us deep into the dawning of the UK’s psychedelic counter culture, and into a mind breaking free from the confines of a traditional English upbringing. Joe discusses this memoir with us tonight.

£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Monday 29 February 2016
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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Cthulhu and Contemporary Occultures

7.45pm Thursday 31st March 2016
£4 / £2 concessions (Advanced tickets)
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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This event has sold out. We are very sorry and we hope to re-host it at a later date. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Curse of the Voynich Manuscript

7.45pm Thursday 25 February 2016
£4 / £2 concessions (Advanced tickets)
Please note new venue: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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The 500-year-old Voynich Manuscript is renowned as “the world’s most mysterious manuscript” and “the Everest of historical code-breaking”. Over 200 pages of unfathomable text, strange diagrams and numerous drawings of impossible plants and tiny naked women, some find it beguiling; others think it totally mad. 


The harder we seek for explanations for its countless oddities it seems the less we know. Is it insanely brilliant, or brilliantly insane? The only category it truly fits is Charles Fort’s “Damned Data” – phenomena for which science cannot comfortably account. 

A plethora of Voynich theories ranges across a reassuringly Fortean panorama from conspiracies to lost South American civilisations to time-travelling aliens. Might one of them be right? Or are we doomed to spin round in circles, forever unable to make sense of this most intellectually cursed of artefacts? 

Nick Pelling, a Voynich Manuscript researcher for more than a decade and author of The Curse of the Voynich, will guide us through its wobbly history, unknown science and mad theories, and will happily answer any question we have on unsolved historical ciphers.

7.45pm Thursday 25 February 2016
£4 / £2 concessions (Advanced tickets)
Please note new venue: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Rat Scabies: Rennes-le-Château – Incredible New Discoveries

7.45pm Thursday 28 January 2016
This event has now sold out - we look forward to seeing ticket holders on 28 January and we shall be sure to ask Mr Scabies about his future availability.
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Rat Scabies was the drummer for punk rock troublemakers the Damned – but through his family’s interest in all things esoteric he has always been a Grailhunter. He’s been fascinated by the mystery of Rennes-le-Château since its inception in 1972. Now chairman of the Saunière Society, Rat has seen and heard it all, and has mixed with the great and the good and some of the downright dishonest...

 Andy HayDuring his own researches he has been shown many things, been told many secrets and been privy to some outlandish theories. Rat has recently made an astounding new find among his father’s old papers: previously undisclosed documents from the late 1800s which appear to relate directly to the mystery of Rennes-le-Château. Never before seen, these documents will delight and intrigue every member of the Rennes-le-Château research fraternity while adding to the puzzle and mystery surrounding the enigma.


Rat invites you to view this new evidence with him, discuss its content and try to shed some light on the numerous challenges these enigmatic new documents present. This illustrated talk is a must for every true-blooded Rennie. You’ve heard this kind of claim before – but this time it’s for real!

7.45pm Thursday 28 January 2016
This event has now sold out - we look forward to seeing ticket holders on 28 January and we shall be sure to ask Mr Scabies about his future availability.
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
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Lewis Carroll and the Supernatural

7.45pm Thursday 26 November 2015
£4 / £2 concessions Sold out - sorry!
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
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Lewis Carroll, creator of Alice in Wonderland, was fascinated by the occult, magic and ghosts, and was a very early member of the Society for Psychical Research.

Jenny Woolf, author of the biography The Mystery Of Lewis Carroll, delves into this tangled web of Victorian creepiness, examines some of the weirder things that Carroll wrote, saw and read, considers medical reasons for the experiences he reports and casts light on the endless battle that raged in his own mind between religion, terror, humour, logic and the world of the unreal.

7.45pm Thursday 26 November 2015
£4 / £2 concessions Sold out - sorry!
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Sunday, 1 November 2015

John Higgs: The Strange Person Theory of History

London Fortean Society in partnership with Conway Hall present

The Strange Person Theory of History

£5 (Advance tickets)
Monday 23 November 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions
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We travel in the company of some of the most radical artists, scientists, geniuses and crazies of their age. They show us that great innovations such as relativity, cubism, quantum mechanics, postmodernism and chaos maths are not the incomprehensible, abstract horrors that we assume them to be, but signposts that bring us to the world we live in now. 

John brings us an alternative history of the strangest of centuries. He shows us how the elegant, clockwork universe of the Victorians became increasingly woozy and uncertain; and how we discovered that our world is not just stranger than we imagine but, in the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, ‘stranger than we can imagine’.


John Higgs is the author of books about The KLF and Timothy Leary, and a new book that attempts to make sense of the twentieth century, 'Stranger Than We Can Imagine'. It is the strange folk on the edges of culture, he argues, who illuminate those turbulent years.

£5 (Advance tickets)
Monday 23 November 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions
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