Featured Zoom Lectures

Chasing Unicorns: Symbolism in the Unicorn Tapestries – Dr. Juliette Wood

This lecture examines the multiple layers of symbolism which give meaning to these beautiful medieval works of art.

“Beastly Sneak!” Rescuing Other People’s Diaries – Dr Irving Finkel

This illustrated lecture will consider the fatal doom that usually awaits private diaries of real people once they stop keeping themselves

The History of Snake Women – Dr. Natalie Lawrence

This talk will explore the monstering of Mother Nature, and how the snake women represent the most primal of fears

Folk Belief in The Ancient Mediterranean – Prof. Marguerite Johnson – 5 part Lecture Series

In this five-part series, Marguerite Johnson takes you on a journey over land, sea, sky, and into the ethereal world of folk belief in the ancient Mediterranean.

The Puppet Made Me Do It. The Uncanny and the Grotesque in Puppetry – Dr Emily LeQuesne

This talk will explore links between puppets and the visceral, uncanny and the grotesque. Perhaps an uncanny response is on a sliding scale

Mary Shelley’s Frontispiece and The Frankenstein Monster’s Penis – Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts

This talk will uncover a hidden sexual level of meaning in the world’s most famous frontispiece, which appears in the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, depicting the moment of creation

Upcoming Zoom Lectures

Lewis Carroll and Surrealism – Mark Richards

This talk will demonstrate Carroll’s influence on the Surrealists, explore the remarkable mind of the author

Medieval Mermaids – a Zoom talk with Professor Sarah Peverley

This illustrated Zoom talk will explore the Medieval history of one of the most popular and long-lived of all the mythical creatures that humans have invented.

Bodies Behaving Badly – From Vagina Dentata to Wandering Wombs – Prof. Marguerite Johnson – 6 part Lecture Series

In this special six-part series, Professor Marguerite Johnson takes us on an uncanny journey across time and space into the wilds of human imagination.

Hirsute Women – Prof. Marguerite Johnson

This lecture considers hair as a marker of monstrosity, beginning with ancient accounts of the hirsute women

The Witch’s Guide to Crafting Oils, Salves, and Unguents – Melissa Madara

In this lecture, we will look at a history of magic oils, salves, and unguents, examining spells from the ancient past to understand why these substances have become so iconic

Alchemy and Hermeticism in Elizabethan Poetry: Marlowe, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

This session focuses on alchemical and hermetic themes in brief selections from poetry of the Elizabethan era and early decades

Brothers Zara and Raum: The Real Story of a Fake Buddhist Rosicrucian Order – Philip Deslippe

This talk will tell the history of Francis Ormsby, Lewis Colburn, and their group, the Ordo Magiaro.

Portrait in Wax: The Anatomical Models of Anna Morandi Manzolini – Cat Irving

This talk will look at Anna Morandi Manzolini’s life and career, and her patronage by a Pope who promoted scientific investigation and the education of woman.

Art of The Solomon Islands – Kevin Conru

In the art of the Solomons, there is a link between the visual and the practical.

Taxidermy and the Country House: where natural History meets social history – Dr Pat Morris

Taxidermy was a popular form of household decoration, often featuring hunting and fishing trophies.

19th Century Children’s Stories and Songs – Lena Heide-Brennand

Welcome to an extraordinary exploration through the enchanting treasure of European folklore

Kitchen Kundalini – Xanthe Gresham

Plant lore and mythology have a tale for every malaise – including menopause and midlife crisis.

Greek Flower Power – Robin Herne

This botanical tour will look at some of these old tales and contemplate what they tell us about humanity, spirituality, sexuality

Potions, Elixirs, & Magical Brews – Melissa Madara

This lecture will cover - herbal preparation involved in potion making, potions their components and uses and magical beverages from history

Alchemy shifting into the Enlightenment: Alexander Pope to Goethe – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

The cultural transformations of the Enlightenment, or Early-Modern Era, involved the psychologicizing of alchemical mythologies

Darkling Shadows & Midsummer Madness: The Weird Fiction of R Murray Gilchrist – Daniel Pietersen

In this talk, Gilchrist scholar Daniel Pietersen will use newly-unearthed details of the writer's life to explore this change in fortunes and why Gilchrist

Bad Humored: humoral theory and its influence on medicine – Cat Irving

This talk will look at what humoral theory was, what it told us about the body, and the way it influenced medical thinking

Formidable Warrior Women: Tales of the Amazons in Antiquity – Connie Skibinski

This presentation examines a wide range of art and literature to trace changing attitudes towards these warrior women throughout Greece and Rome.

Working the Poison Path : Poisonous Plants for Witches – Melissa Madara

We will explore the mythology, history, and science of poisonous plants, providing an informed pathway for further exploration

Poltergeist over Lincolnshire – Dr Sophie Hollinshead

In the nineteenth century rural Lincolnshire saw a surprising outbreak of poltergeist activity.

Trolls in Scandinavian 1800’s Art – Lena Heide-Brennand

this intertwines artistic mastery with mythical folklore, shedding light on the rich and intriguing portrayals of these legendary beings

Ancient Monsters in Modern Art – Professor Debbie Felton

This talk discusses how modern art has adapted monsters from ancient Greek myth

Franz Kafka and his view on life – Lena Heide-Brennand

a lecture that aims to wake an engaging exploration of Kafka's perspective on life, where the ordinary is transformed into the extraordinary

Jack the Ripper and other Monsters: how did the Whitechapel Murder case impact the Lives of ordinary Victorians? – Dr Drew Gray

This talk will explore the reactions of Londoners and others to the Whitechapel murders and reflect on the extent to which the character of ‘Jack the Ripper’

19th Century Alchemy in Literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne to W.B. Yeats – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

One of the secret undercurrents of the literature of the American Renaissance in the mid 19th century

Painting British Folk Customs – Ben Edge

Join Ben Edge for this Zoom talk as he takes you into the heart of British Folklore and shares his own journey as an artist and gives insights into his creative practice

Unraveling the Magical Year of Thelema – Maevius Lynn

This talk explores Thelema throughout the year and offers a unique door into the magick, history, and living tradition of Thelema

Ancient Greco-Roman Werewolves and the Posthuman Imagination: Finding the Hum(an)imal – Tanika Koosmen

this lecture will discuss the advent of the posthuman – and prove that it has existed for much longer than it has been recognised.

Knives Out! A history of human dissection – Cat Irving

This talk will look at the history of dissection, and the role it has played in shaping the medical world

Slaughter, Fire and Gibbet: Boudica – Archaeology, History and Legacy – Dr Duncan Mackay

This talk explores the story of Boudica, leader of a bloody rebellion against Roman rule in AD 60, interrogating the Roman historical sources

Mary Shelley’s Frontispiece and The Frankenstein Monster’s Penis – Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts

This talk will uncover a hidden sexual level of meaning in the world’s most famous frontispiece, which appears in the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, depicting the moment of creation

Folk Belief in The Ancient Mediterranean – Prof. Marguerite Johnson – 5 part Lecture Series

In this five-part series, Marguerite Johnson takes you on a journey over land, sea, sky, and into the ethereal world of folk belief in the ancient Mediterranean.

Entities of land and sea – Prof Marguerite Johnson

In this talk, we look at some examples, ranging from dryads and other assorted nymphs to the ketos (a huge sea-monster), and the folktales

‘Fiona Macleod’ (William Sharp) (1855-1905) and the Celtic Revival in Scotland by Dr Mark Williams

This talk weighs up Sharp’s deeply peculiar cultural achievement, probing the role that ‘Fiona’ played in his complex life.

The Mystery of Sophia Hyatt, The White Lady of Newstead Abbey – Dr Sophie Hollinshead

In 1818 a mysterious middle-aged woman, dressed mainly in white began to wander the grounds of Newstead Abbey

An Animist Ethics – Robin Herne

This talk will draw on notions of personhood, reflect on changing laws from around the world as we reconsider our relationships with the non-human

The History of Snake Women – Dr. Natalie Lawrence

This talk will explore the monstering of Mother Nature, and how the snake women represent the most primal of fears

Alchemy in the works of Thomas Mann and James Joyce – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

At the same time that renewed interest in alchemy and hermeticism was being explored in both Freudian and Jungian circles

An essential guide to Viking culture and traditions – Lena Heide-Brennand

In this lecture we will step into the captivating world of the Vikings and delve into their rich culture and enduring traditions

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Dr. Raymond Buckland’s ‘Wide World of Spirit – Steven Intermill and Toni Rotonda

Steven Intermill, will explore Buckland's interest in Spiritualism and his summers spent in Lily Dale during his last years

Introduction to Planetary Herbalism – Melissa Madara

This lecture is an introduction to the art of planetary herbalism- a practice with roots extending deep into the ancient world

“Beastly Sneak!” Rescuing Other People’s Diaries – Dr Irving Finkel

This illustrated lecture will consider the fatal doom that usually awaits private diaries of real people once they stop keeping themselves

Chasing Unicorns: Symbolism in the Unicorn Tapestries – Dr. Juliette Wood

This lecture examines the multiple layers of symbolism which give meaning to these beautiful medieval works of art.

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Ted Serios: The Mind’s Eye, with Emily Hauver

Ted Serios was purportedly able to document his inner thoughts on Polaroid film in a process called 'thoughtography.'

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Séance: Spiritualism, Photography and the Search for Ectoplasm – Shannon Taggart

Shannon will share stories and pictures from twenty years of photographing mediumship, explaining how two decades of investigation developed

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Music from Elsewhere – Doug Skinner

presents music attributed to non-human inspiration— tunes from fairies, trolls, trows, angels, spirits, and aliens, as well as music generated by channeling, visions, and dreams.

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Publishing the Paranormal – Charles and Penelope Emmons

Charles and Penelope Emmons discuss their own adventures in publishing the paranormal in academic and other contexts and those of other researchers as well

Supernatural Mystery Symposium: Reclaiming Art – JF Martel

The book places art alongside languages and the biosphere as something endangered by the onslaught of predatory capitalism

“You Are to Do What We Say”: The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle and his Spirit Guide Pheneas – Michael W Homer

This presentation will use previously unpublished materials to explore the séances in which Pheneas appeared to Doyle’s home circle

Female Demons – Prof Marguerite Johnson

We begin with Mesopotamian child-snatching demons, also known to harm mothers, and the magical devices to trap them

Marvelous Births in Old Norse Myth and Saga – Bernt Ø. Thorvaldsen

In Old Norse culture, there is a number of stories about peculiar conceptions and births

Hekate : Meeting the Goddess of the Crossroads – Melissa Madara

This lecture will examine Hekate's pre-historical origins, her rituals in the PGM, her demonization in the Roman empire, and her evolution

The Magic of The Fens – Dr Sophie Hollinshead

Hear stories from a landscape existing as liminal space between land and sea.

The Puppet Made Me Do It. The Uncanny and the Grotesque in Puppetry – Dr Emily LeQuesne

This talk will explore links between puppets and the visceral, uncanny and the grotesque. Perhaps an uncanny response is on a sliding scale

Alchemy and Hermeticism in the works of Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, and Hilma af Klint – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

The reduction to the fundamental elements of aesthetic composition—geometrical figures like the rectangle, square, circle

Mark of the Werewolf – Robin Herne

This talk explores a selection of such legends and the possible explanations for how those stories started – from medical and psychiatric explanations

Victorian Ghost Stories – Lena Heide-Brennand

Step into the shadows of the 19th century, an era of occultism and gothic intrigue

The Black Death and how it ruled the world – Lena Heide-Brennand

In this lecture we dive into the haunting history of the Black Death and explore how this devastating plague swept across the world

Shapeshifters – Prof Marguerite Johnson

In this talk, we meet these fearsome witches, along with werewolves, who did not choose to transform but had transformation forced upon them

Malleus Maleficarum (1486) – the Medieval Witch Hunter Bestseller – Lena Heide-Brennand

Explore a chilling odyssey into the dark heart of the Middle Ages with a compelling lecture on the infamous "Malleus Maleficarum," from 1486

The Dragon in the West: From Ancient Myth to Modern Legend – Professor Daniel Ogden

It brings the story forwards though Christian writings, medieval illustrated manuscripts, and the lives of dragon-duelling saints

Summoning The Spirits – Seance with Medium Patti Negri on Zoom

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

Count Stenbock: Decadent master of the macabre – a Zoom talk by James Machin

An introductory Zoom talk by James Machin on the decadent writer of strange tales, Count Stenbock – 'scholar, connoisseur, drunkard, poet, pervert, most charming of men'

The Festival of Britain ‘A Tonic for the Nation’ – Dr Sophie Hollinshead

The Festival of Britain in 1951 provided a much-needed dose of colour, excitement and fun in post-war Britain

Alchemy in the works of C.G. Jung and Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

Jung’s engagement with alchemy began in the late 1920s and dominated his late work

From Dutch Courage To Trendy Cocktail – The History Of Gin – Lena Heide-Brennand

this lecture promises to be a heady mix of knowledge and fun. Join us, and let's toast to the fascinating world of gin!"

Echoes from the Asylum: A Journey through the Mental Institutions of the 18th and 19th Century Europe – Lena Heide-Brennand

This lecture is not just a chronicle of history, but a tribute to the human spirit's indomitable will to survive and never give up on the hope of freedom

Druids in medieval Irish sources by Dr Mark Williams

This talk sets out those sources, explaining why they are just as problematic—if not more so—than the classical accounts.

Beauties and beasts – Prof. Marguerite Johnson

In this talk we consider the tale of Cupid and Psyche and explore how folktale and fairytale influence generations of tellers

Victorian Christmas Stories – Lena Heide-Brennand

Journey back to the heartwarming Christmases of the Victorian era, where families gathered around the hearth

Alchemy in Art and Culture -12 Part Lecture Series – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

Perhaps the oldest and most enduring of all myths is the Nekyia: the descent to and return from the underworld.

Alchemy and Hermeticism in the work of Leonora Carrington – Prof Evans Lansing Smith

Leonora Carrington’s traumatic breakdown and incarceration in the Spanish asylum at Santander,

Tall tales – Prof. Marguerite Johnson

this talk incudes modern comparisons – from weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein's human-shredder

Reverend Robert Kirk’s “The Secret Commonwealth of Elves and Fairies” – Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart

In his talk, Dr Stiùbhart will introduce us to Kirk’s life and works, comparing the beliefs presented in the ‘Secret Commonwealth’

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

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