Featured Zoom Lectures

Borley Rectory: The Most Haunted House in England – a Zoom talk by Sean O’Connor

Sean O'Connor's book 'The Haunting of Borley Rectory' (Simon & Schuster, Oct 2022) details the strange history of this infamous house...

Early Paranormal Theories of the Late Nineteenth Century – a Zoom talk by Dr Robert Radakovic

This talk explores the complex culture and history of the late nineteenth century and how the earliest theories of the paranormal were developed.

The Creative Life of Tirzah Garwood Ravilious by Lotte Crawford

The Modern Women Artists series of collectable books reveals an alternative history of art, telling the story of important female artists

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Adventure of the Cottingley Fairies – Merrick Burrow

In this talk Dr Merrick Burrow, Head of English and History at the University of Huddersfield and an expert on Conan Doyle

Stone Club: Rediscovering Ancient Sites – Lally MacBeth and Matthew Shaw

In this talk Lally & Matthew will take you on a journey through the history of Stone Club exploring along the way the resurgence of interest

Mesmerism, Mediumship, Magic and the Mystical: Britain’s Visionary Sisters in Art – Vivienne Roberts

In this richly illustrated talk Vivienne will share her research and take us on a journey that spans the Century

Upcoming Zoom Lectures

The Edible Dormouse with Dr Pat Morris

The talk will review these issues and report on Europe’s longest population study of these animals

Dion Fortune’s Literary Initiations – Georgia van Raalte

Abstract: This talk will explore the fictional and magical work of Dion Fortune (1890-1946), one of the most prolific British occult authors

The Erotic Folktales of Norway – Lena Heide-Brennand

In this lecture we will be focusing on those steamy, hilarious and astonishingly graphic stories that have been passed down

Greek & Roman Sex – Professor Marguerite Johnson

This talk provides readers with detailed information, notes, and original translated passages on the fascinating and multi-faceted theme of ancient sexuality.

Scandinavian love magic: divination and curses – Tommy Kuusela

In this talk, I will present and discuss types of love divination and curses in myth and folklore

Spiritual Middens: Decoys, Spirit Traps or Counter Witchcraft Measures by Wayne Perkins

What do spiritual middens constitute? Foundation deposits? Sympathetic Magic? Apotropaic evil-averting agents?

What Makes Us Human?: Changing Ideas about the Future of Cyborg Technology in The Matrix – Rebecca Gibson

Do you think you could fall in love with a cyborg? You may already have.

The Holy Grail – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk is a quest in itself, for the origins of the story, which can be pinpointed quite specifically

Scottish Highland Second Sight: Its Past, Present, and Future – Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart

An expedition—with some diversions—through four hundred years of Highland folklore and popular belief, in this world and the otherworld.

Early Paranormal Theories of the Late Nineteenth Century – a Zoom talk by Dr Robert Radakovic

This talk explores the complex culture and history of the late nineteenth century and how the earliest theories of the paranormal were developed.

Sámi Gods and Mythical Creatures – Lena Heide-Brennand

This lecture will be your portal into the distant past, the arctic world of mysteries and beings as dreamlike as the nature in which they were created. Bures boahtima to all.

The Women of James Bond: Femmes Fatale, Toads, and Birds with Wings Down by Deborah Lipp

How were women portrayed in the Ian Fleming novels, and how did that change in the films?

Deirdriu of the Sorrows by Dr Mark Williams

This final talk introduces one of the most famous heroines of Irish literature, whose story was turned into numerous plays

Tarot Noir: William Lindsay Gresham’s Nightmare Alley by K A Laity

His preface to Charles Williams' tarot novel The Greater Trumps serves as a primer to the 'wicked pack of cards' and demonstrates his skill

The Magical Women of Ireland by Dr. Gillian Kenny

This talk will introduce listeners to the links between women and magic in Irish history and how women may have used ritual/spells

The Mother and the Monster: How Faked Images of Deformed Skeletons Turned Corseted Women into Criminals – Rebecca Gibson

This talk will explore what O'Followell faked, and how the manufactured debate around the safety of corsets predicted the modern abortion debate.

Óðinn (Odin): The All-father of a Nordic Pantheon of Gods: Fact or Fake News? by Terry Gunnell

The lecture will argue that the evidence points to most people having worshipped a single all-purpose, all-class god

Visions of the Occult – Victoria Jenkins – zoom lecture

She will explore the hidden artworks and ephemera left behind by artists and shed new light on our understanding of the art historical canon

Gargoyles and Grotesques – a Zoom talk with Dr Alex Woodcock

In this illustrated Zoom talk Dr Alex Woodcock will explore why there are monsters, wild figures and faces carved on our medieval churches.

Fairies & The Witches Who Loved Them – Professor Diane Purkiss

In this talk, I will tell you the truth about fairies in the British Isles. It's a truth known to some of our ancestors

The Creative Life of Tirzah Garwood Ravilious by Lotte Crawford

The Modern Women Artists series of collectable books reveals an alternative history of art, telling the story of important female artists

Scottish fire festivals – Dr Tom McKean

This talk looks at contemporary fire festivals in Scotland and beyond offering compelling imagery and an exploration of their history

The Artist as Medium – Jacqui McIntosh

In this illustrated talk she will examine key works by artists such as Yves Tanguy, Ithell Colquhoun, Austin Osman Spare & Ann Churchill

The Hidden History of British Girls’ Horror Comics: Magic, Mystery, Monsters… and Mothers? – Julia Round

This talk looks closely at two supernatural British girls’ comics: Spellbound (DC Thomson, 1976-77) and Misty (IPC/Fleetway, 1978-80).

Beowulf – performed at bedtime by Hugh Lupton

Beowulf is the oldest story in the English language – and it still has the power to raise the hairs on the back of the neck.

Leonora Carrington in Spain by Carlos Martin

Curator Carlos Martin will discuss Leonora Carrington's retrospective in Madrid.

The Concealed Revealed: The Magic of Shoes Rebecca Shawcross

She will explore the fascinating practise of deliberately hiding boots and shoes in buildings for no obvious practical purpose

Radical Dreams and Chicago Surrealism: A Conversation with Penelope Rosemont, Abigail Susik, and Elliott H. King

The conversation will cover topics relevant to the display of Chicago surrealist pamphlets and posters at the current "Surrealism Beyond Borders" exhibition at the Tate Modern

The Exeter Book Riddles – Dr Jennifer Neville

This talk will introduce the manuscript context of the Exeter riddle collection and then explore a series of sample texts

Magic & Witchcraft in Ancient Greece & Rome – Prof. Marguerite Johnson – 7 Lecture Course

In this special seven-part course, Marguerite Johnson takes us on a magical mystery tour of magic and witchcraft in ancient Greece and Rome

Quatermass at 70 and humanity’s future – a Zoom talk with Jon Dear

Jon Dear leads us through the work of Nigel Kneale, one of Britain’s most significant screenwriters of the C20th – the creator of Professor Bernard Quatermass

Cunning Conjurations: Spirit Calling in English Folk Magic – Al Cummins

In this class, contemporary cunning man and historian Dr Alexander Cummins will present not only the history and theory of such practices

Cornish legends and healthcare – Charlotte MacKenzie – Zoom Lecture

This talk describes interconnections between some of these legends, historical individuals, and healthcare in Georgian Cornwall.

Surrealism and the American West: Breton’s “Hopi Notebook” – Kate Conlan

André Breton’s visit to the Hopi villages of Arizona in 1945 had an impact on his view of the world and of the objects he collected

Sámi Joik and Shamanism – Lena Heide-Brennand

This lecture is dedicated to the bedazzling and fascinating Sámi musical tradition- Joik. What is the story behind the Joik?

Introducing the Ghost Club (1882–1936) – a Zoom talk with Roger Luckhurst

Professor Roger Luckhurst explores the history of London's famous 1882 Ghost Club.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Dread: A Tour of Life Events via Horror Fiction – Rebecca Gibson

This talk will explore that horrific banality, the dreary darkness, the terrifying mundanity of everyday life through examining four pieces

Incendiary Behaviour: Ritual Building Protection Through the Application of Pyro-Technology by Wayne Perkins

For the last 25 years archaeologists have been recording taper burn marks on Medieval and historic building timbers.

Cuts and Controversy in Pre-Code Hollywood Horror: The Case of James Whale’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein – Fran Pheasant-Kelly

This talk addresses the cuts and controversy associated with James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Tales of Hidden Bulgaria, by a Spell In Time

Unique British-Bulgarian storytelling company, A Spell In Time, tells extraordinary tales from the hidden magical world of Bulgarian myth

Goddesses of Sex & War – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk is devoted to a particular form of ancient pagan goddess, one who is at the same time associated with love and sex, and with warfare

Candle Magic as Practical Spellwork – Lucya Starza

The talk will then explore ways of expanding the art using moon phases, colour, anointing oils, scent and other magical symbolism.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Adventure of the Cottingley Fairies – Merrick Burrow

In this talk Dr Merrick Burrow, Head of English and History at the University of Huddersfield and an expert on Conan Doyle

Cunning Is As Cunning Knows: Folk Divinations of the British Isles – Al Cummins

In this class, contemporary cunning man, diviner, and historian Dr Alexander Cummins will present not only the history and theory of such practices

Somerset Folk Tales – Sharon Jacksies

Sharon Jacksies will tell tales from her collection of Somerset Folk Tales published by the History Press

Rosaleen Norton: Pan’s Daughter: Presentation by Julia Phillips

In this presentation, illustrated with her artwork, photos, video, and newspaper clippings, Julia Phillips explores Norton’s early life

Gef the Talking Mongoose – a Zoom talk with Christopher Josiffe

"I am a ghost in the form of a mongoose, and I shall haunt you with weird noises..." Find out about the Isle of Man's most-famous spook in this Zoom talk with Christopher Josiffe.

Ghosts in Antiquity and in Magic – Prof Marguerite Johnson

In this special seven-part course, Marguerite Johnson takes us on a magical mystery tour of magic and witchcraft in ancient Greece and Rome

Stone Club: Rediscovering Ancient Sites – Lally MacBeth and Matthew Shaw

In this talk Lally & Matthew will take you on a journey through the history of Stone Club exploring along the way the resurgence of interest

Sekhmet: The Revival of an Ancient Egyptian Goddess – Ronnie Pontiac

We'll ponder the nuances of deities, metaphors, egregores, and archetypes, and how they relate to what Robert Anton Wilson called reality tunnels.

Return of Holy Russia by Gary Lachman

my talk will look at the roots of Putin’s attempt to solve a post-Soviet Russia’s identity crisis

Supernatural Tales from Scotland – Allison Galbraith

Allison shares stories from the River Clyde. Known as Clutha, an ancient Pagan goddess worshipped for her cleansing powers by the Celtic

The Museum of Drugs: Under the Influence – a history of drug use from early evolution to criminalisation – Ben Curran

The Museum of Drugs: Under the Influence - a history of drug use from early evolution to criminalisation

By Stone and By Call: Scrying in English Magic – Al Cummins

Join us as we explore not only the history and theory but also the practices of early modern scrying.

Spell Books in the Ancient World – Prof Marguerite Johnson

In this special seven-part series, Marguerite Johnson takes us on a magical mystery tour of magic and witchcraft in ancient Greece and Rome

Dead Letters: Writers and Suicide by Gary Lachman

My talk, based on my book Dead Letters: The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides

An Introduction to Witch Bottles: Decoys, Spirit Traps or Counter – Witchcraft Measure? by Wayne Perkins

This illustrated talk will act as both an introduction to the current understanding of their use

Mesmerism, Mediumship, Magic and the Mystical: Britain’s Visionary Sisters in Art – Vivienne Roberts

In this richly illustrated talk Vivienne will share her research and take us on a journey that spans the Century

Cunning Nigromancy: Goetia & ‘Unclean’ Spiritwork in English Folk Magic

Finally, we will go over some fundamental advice for making wise decisions in proceeding with such dark crafts in one’s own sorcerous work.

Amulets in the Ancient World: – Prof Marguerite Johnson

In this special seven-part series, Marguerite Johnson takes us on a magical mystery tour of magic and witchcraft in ancient Greece and Rome

Folktales of Fools & Wisemen – Michael O’Connor

In this talk he invites us to relax and enjoy a selection of such tales from the British Isles

Potions (pharmakeia) of the Ancient World – Prof Marguerite Johnson

In this special seven-part series, Marguerite Johnson takes us on a magical mystery tour of magic and witchcraft in ancient Greece and Rome

The Tools of the Ancient Magical Practitioner – Prof Marguerite Johnson

In this special seven-part series, Marguerite Johnson takes us on a magical mystery tour of magic and witchcraft in ancient Greece and Rome

Magic in Greek and Roman Literature – Prof Marguerite Johnson

In this special seven-part series, Marguerite Johnson takes us on a magical mystery tour of magic and witchcraft in ancient Greece and Rome

The Meaning of Hair in the Ancient Mediterranean – Professor Marguerite Johnson

This talk discusses the various meanings of hair in both Greek and Roman warfare

Past Lectures

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

The Spiritualism Symposium: The Moment of Revelation – Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D

The Spiritualism Symposium by Shannon Taggart : The Moment of Revelation: Cases from New York's ‘Burned-Over District’ - Joscelyn Godwin

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit