Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Fortean London: London Bridge Ghosts and Lore

Celebrate the ghosts and urban legends of the London Bridge, Borough and Bermondsey area as the London Fortean Society arrives for a series of talks at The Miller pub. 


The Wheatsheaf on flickr by Dun.Can


Tuesday 4 September 2018
8pm (doors 7.45pm)
£5 / £2 concessions (advance tickets)
The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS
Tube & Rail: London Bridge
Tube: Borough
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Travis Elborough - London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing 
In 1968 the world’s largest antique went to America. But how do you transport a 130-year-old bridge 3,000 miles? And why did Robert P. McCulloch, a multimillionaire oil baron and chainsaw-manufacturing king, buy it? Why did he ship it to a waterless patch of the Arizonan desert? Did he even get the right bridge? 

Join author Travis Elborough for the story of the man who bought London Bridge. 


Ghosts of South London. 
Poltergeists, shapeshifters, phantom Robin Reliants: South London has all the paranormal boxes ticked. George Hoyle, musician, story-teller and host of the South East London Folklore Society will tell the tales hidden in plain site.

The London Bridge Spike and other Urban Legends
Why is there a wonky concrete spike at the south end of London Bridge? Is it a sundial? A memorial to the heads spiked on previous incarnations of the bridge? Or does it mean something else entirely? London Fortean Society host and author Scott Wood discusses this and other south London urban legends.

Tuesday 4 September 2018
8pm (doors 7.45pm)
£5 / £2 concessions (advance tickets)
The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS
Tube & Rail: London Bridge
Tube: Borough
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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Elliott O'Donnell: Strange Cults and Secret Societies of Modern London

O'Donnell
7.45pm Thursday 30 August 2018
This event has completely sold out! We're really sorry if you did not get a ticket and we shall attempt to run this popular talk again. 

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. 
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

In 1934 Elliott O'Donnell, the world-famed prince of ghost hunters published Strange Cults and Secret Societies of Modern London. It tells strange stories behind many covert organisations including the Thirteen society, the Black Brothers, Chinese secret societies and black magic, the Mafia, the Tree cults, the Suicide Society, the Cult of Cruelty, The Goats and Sophienism. 

Fr Alan Walker revisits O’Donnell’s classic book in the light of modern thinking about religious cults, moral panics and enthusiasm for the esoteric. Is his work fiction masquerading as fact, or should it be read more critically as a picture of contemporary fears and social experiments?

7.45pm Thursday 30 August 2018
This event has completely sold out! We're really sorry if you did not get a ticket and we shall attempt to run this popular talk again. 

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. 
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

Marvelous Mushrooms, Toxic Toadstools and Fortean Fungi

7.45pm Thursday 26 July 2018
£4 / £2 concessions
We've taken the tickets off sale so we can print the guest list but we also have tickets on the door. We hope to see you later. 
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. 
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East



The world of fungi is a world of the weird and wonderful. From microscopic organisms to the largest living thing ever, the fungal kingdom has it all. Folklore beyond belief – bizarre tales of the devil, poisonings, witchcraft, enchantment and Santa Claus – is only matched by reality. 

Author, frequent contributor to Fortean Times and founder of the our older cousin Edinburgh Fortean Society, Gordon Rutter reveals some of the ways in which the world of the fortean has been enriched by fungi.

7.45pm Thursday 26 July 2018
£4 / £2 concessions 


We've taken the tickets off sale so we can print the guest list but we also have tickets on the door. We hope to see you later. 
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. 
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?

7.15pm Thursday 19 July 2018
£5 plus booking fee (
Advance tickets)Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn
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Awesome portrait of Cathi Unsworh by Etienne Gilfillan
Cathi Unsworth is the author of six pop-cultural crime novels based on real-life unsolved or controversial cases. Her latest, 'That Old Black Magic' (Serpent’s Tail), interweaves the true stories of the Hagley Woods mystery of 1943 and the trial of Helen Duncan, the last woman to be prosecuted for witchcraft in the UK, in 1944.

Real life characters mingle with the imagined in a secret history of spiritualists, stage magicians and spooks of all persuasions under the blackout of Britain’s bleakest hours.

7.15pm Thursday 19 July 2018
£5 plus booking fee (
Advance tickets)Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn
Directions
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Super-Recognisers: Spotting Faces in a Crowd

7.45pm Thursday 28 June 2018
We're really sorry, this event has been cancelled. We shall endevour to host this talk again later this year. Sorry again. 
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. 
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East


Crowd Of Faces by Dawn Hudson (Public Domain)
The use of police super-recognisers in London has vastly increased suspect identification rates from CCTV in recent years. They perform exceptionally highly at familiar and unfamiliar face recognition, simultaneous face matching and spotting target faces in videos of large crowds. Non-police super-recognisers are also superior to most people at long-term face recognition, even when faces are heavily disguised. 

Psychologist Dr Josh P Davis of the University of Greenwich explores his research on these very rare individuals and his work with the police and courts

7.45pm Thursday 28 June 2018
£4 / £2 We're really sorry, this event has been cancelled. We shall endevour to host this talk again later this year. Sorry again.
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. 
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

Magick and Power in the Age of Trump

7.15pm Tuesday 26 June 2018
£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn
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Did positive thinking and mental science help put Donald Trump in the White House? And are there any other hidden powers of the mind and thought at work in today's world politics?

In Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, historian and cultural critic Gary Lachman takes a close look at the various magical and esoteric ideas that are impacting political events across the globe.

From New Thought and Chaos Magick to the far-right esotericism of Julius Evola and the Traditionalists, Lachman follows a trail of mystic clues that involve, among others, Norman Vincent Peale, domineering gurus and demagogues, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz, synarchy, the Alt-Right, meme magic, and Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin.

Come take a drop down the rabbit hole of occult politics in the twenty-first century and find out the post-truths and alternative facts surrounding the 45th President of the United States with one of the leading writers on esotericism and its influence on modern culture.

7.15pm Tuesday 26 June 2018
£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn
Directions
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