Monday, 5 November 2012

The False Memory Archive


The False Memory Archive
29 November 2012 –8pm - 10.30pm
(inc. Q&A, talk ends approx. 9pm)
£3 / £2 concs

Artist Alasdair Hopwood guides us through a series of contributions submitted to his False Memory Archive created as part of his Wellcome Trust residency at the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths College.
As The WITH Collective, Alasdair Hopwood has exhibited internationally in a number of galleries including Tate Britain, The Hayward Gallery, the ICA, K3 Zurich and the British Council, New Delhi

Each LFS evening begins with the Fortmanteau, our monthly summary of strange news stories.

We meet the last Thursday of each month (usually) upstairs at The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.


Tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Moon and Madness

The Moon and Madness
25 October 2012 8pm-10.30pm (inc. Q&A)
£3 / £2 concessions


Been looking up all night
been looking up the Moon
she's so bright
 Lunacy, the legendary notion of minds unhinged by the moon, still captivates the popular imagination. Although it violates the assumptions of modern science and psychiatry, the belief remains common among mental health workers – and several studies have found a small, unexplained correlation between behaviour and the lunar cycle.

Dr Niall McCrae, lecturer in mental health at King’s College, London, presents an historical account of the lunacy concept and discusses research issues.

We start every meeting with our Fortmanteu, our onthly round up of fortean news stories.

We meet the last Thursday of each month (usually) upstairs at The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.

Tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East.

London Ghosts Conference

'Ghost Lucy' of Bishopsgate Institute
found by Sarah Sparkes 
Do you fancy a day of London Ghosts? Hearing talks on haunted hospitals, Spring-heeled Jack, London vampires and the ghosts of Senate House and lots more? Fancy breaking that up with songs about London ghosts and a short film or two? They we might have a day for you.

Not long to go until our London Ghosts Conference at Bishopsgate Institute on 27 October 2012. If you've not heard of it yet we've a dedicated page with full details and a booking pages for the conference at We Got Tickets and EventBrite. There's no Fortean Times UnConvention this year so we thought it was the ideal time to take a good look at London ghosts.

Speakers include Roger Luckhurst, Mark Pilkington, Mike Dash, Alan Murdie and John Frasier of the Ghost Club,  John Constable of Crossbones Graveyard, Rob Stephenson, Paul Cowdell and many more.

We've even found our own ghost, the ghost of Bishopsgate Insititute, which comes to us via the multi-talented Senate House ghost expert, speaker and artist Sarah Sparkes. We call our ghost 'Ghost Lucy'.

Check the London Ghost Conference page for full details and we hope to see you there for a fine start to London's Halloween fund.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

The Natural Historie of the European Werewolf

Wolf by Magnasoma
Deborah Hyde: The Natural Historie of the European Werewolf

27 September 2012 8pm-10.30pm

£3 / £2 Concessions

The werewolf is a common horror motif, but what did people during the witch-hunt of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe really mean when they accused someone of “lycanthropy”?
An evening discussing films, history and analysis at which we will find out who is worse – man or beast.

Deborah blogs at Jourdemayne: Superstition, Religion and Being Human.  

Each talk in around twenty minutes and followed by questions. We'll start the night with our monthly Fortean news update the Fortmanteau. 8pm start to 10.30pm-ish.

We meet the last Thursday of each month (usually) upstairs at
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Fortean London: Ghosts, Magic & the Hackney Bear



The Beast of Hackney yesterday
30 August: Fortean London. 8pm start.
Our second Fortean London series of short talks on weird and wonderful London includes Londonist editor Matt Brown remembering Ghost Hunting in London under London Bridge, in Greenwich and the Ragged School. 'The Book of the Smoke' author and London walks guide Paula Dempsey maps Magical Fitzrovia and academic vampire-ologist and Fortean Times writer Tina Rath goes on a hunt for the Hackney Bear.


Each talk in around twenty minutes and followed by questions. We'll start the night with our monthly Fortean news update the Fortmanteau. 8pm start to 10.30pm-ish.

We meet the last Thursday of each month (usually) upstairs at the Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.


Tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Spirits of Place

28 June 2012: Spirits of Place. 7.30pm for 8pm start. £3/£2 concessions

The Rev Alan Walker discusses how the Church of England tried to come to terms with both the renewed interest in ghosts and haunted places and the growth in the request for exorcisms in the early 1970s. He puts this in the context of a suppressed church report on Spiritualism and the development of place-memory theories as portrayed in Nigel Kneale’s 1972 TV play The Stone Tape.

Each evening begins with the Fortmanteau, our monthly summary of strange news stories


We meet the last Thursday of each month (usually) upstairs at the Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.

Tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Mermaids uncovered!

31 May 2012: Mermaids uncovered! 7.30pm for 8pm start. £3/£2 concessions


A merman yesterday
Join Paolo Viscardi (Horniman Museum) and Ross MacFarlane (Wellcome Library) for an evening exploring the history, cultural context and scientific probing of mermaids.


The evening will be structured around mermaid specimens collected by Henry Wellcome, with details of recent research into their construction and provenance carried out at the Horniman and Buxton Museums. Paolo and Ross will lead you on a journey spanning thousands of years and half the planet, touching on the origins and evolution of mermaids and the fakery, misidentification and publicity that has shaped our understanding of these fascinating, if fishy, fabrications.

Each evening begins with the Fortmanteau, our monthly summary of strange news stories


We meet the last Thursday of each month (usually) upstairs at the Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.

Tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East.

Friday, 27 April 2012

London Cryptozoology Club Summer 2012


Our friends at the London Cryptozoology Club have been in contact with their forthcoming events. Contact details for the LCC at the end!

Tuesday 8th May
Venue: The Empire Room, The Lamb, 94 Lamb Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ
Time: Arrival from 6.30; start at 7.30
Admission: £2 (Limited places so please email/phone in advance to reserve your place)
Current Developments in Bigfoot ‘Research’
A presentation and discussion exploring new trends in Bigfoot study, habituation scenarios and the very nature of ‘research’

Tuesday 12th June
Venue: The Empire Room, The Lamb, 94 Lamb Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LZ
Time: Arrival from 6.30; start at 7.30
Admission: £2 (Limited places so please email/phone in advance to reserve your place)
The Case for Thylacine Survival in Tasmania into the 21st Century
A presentation and discussion into whether the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) still exists in Tasmania, 70 years after its presumed extinction.

Tuesday 17th July
Venue: Crystal Palace Railway Station
Time: Arrive at Crystal Palace Railway Station for 7pm
‘The Beast of Sydenham and Palace Panther’
An evening tour of Crystal Palace Park and the streets of Sydenham: See the Victorian dinosaurs and urban wildlife to stories of two of the mystery cats of South London. Be prepared for a walk of several miles.

Tuesday 14th August
Venue: To Be Confirmed
Time: Arrival from 6.30; start at 7.30
Open Mic Night
An opportunity for any member or visitor to speak about anything they find interesting within the broad sphere of Cryptozoology. Just turn up on the night, or if you can please email or phone in advance if you would like to speak.

Contact:
London Cryptozoology Club on FACEBOOK
Email: london.cryptozoology@gmail.com
Phone/Text James on 07805 356461

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Was Shakespeare Shakespeare?


Shakespeare mask from Carta Alta
 26 April 2012: Was Shakespeare Shakespeare?

7.30pm for 8pm start. £3/£2 concessions


From Sigmund Freud to John Michell to Derek Jacobi, many have doubted whether Stratford’s most famous son is the author of his plays, their theories leading to fascinating alternative views of English history. On the anniversary of the baptism of William Shakespeare we have three expert speakers.

Dr Ros Barber is a writer, poet, creative writing tutor and the author of Writing Marlowe As Writing Shakespeare: Exploring Biographical Fictions. Jerry Glover is an independent researcher, and has contributed to Fortean Times since 2001 including the Bard Wars article October 2011. Susan Sheridan is a board member of the Francis Bacon Research Trust, a writer, actor and the original Trillian from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series.

Each evening begins with the Fortmanteau, our monthly summary of strange news stories 

We meet the last Thursday of each month (usually) upstairs at the Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.


Tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Life, Adventures and Tragedy of Harry Price

A talking mongoose you say?
29 March 2012
7.30pm - 10.30pm

Upstairs at The Bell pub, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East stations

£3/£2 concessions

Harry Price (1881-1948) is possibly the most controversial and famous psychical researcher ever to live. There has been much speculation about the authenticity of the psychical phenomena he investigated and documented.



In leaving his Library of Magical Literature to the University of London on his death he fulfilled one of his lifelong ambitions, but could the same be said about his dream of establishing psychical research as a respected subject for academic study?


Sarah Sparkes, artist and research fellow at the University of London, takes us on a tour of some of Harry Price's greatest cases "so many people prefer the ‘bunk’ to the ‘debunk’” – Harry Price


Each evening begins with the Fortmanteau, our monthly summary of strange news stories.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Are We All Doomed? 2012 and other Prophecies


Ninja Jesus!
Are We All Doomed? 2012 and other Prophecies

23 February 2012

Upstairs at The Bell pub, 50 Middlesex Street,
London E1 7EX

Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East stations

7.30 start. £3/£2 concessions
 
LFS co-founder and author on alternative religions Dr David V Barrett looks at recurring prophecies of Jesus’ return and how prophets cover their embarrassment when he doesn’t – again.

Three years editing The Unexplained in the 1980s turned Peter Brookesmith from puzzled agnostic to puzzled skeptic, where paranormal claims are concerned. His essential interest today is in why people believe in weird things, rather than in simplistic debunking; he became interested in apocalyptic beliefs on observing millenary themes in ufology.

The failure of 2000/2001 to satisfy those yearnings has created a fresh focus on 2012 and the ‘end’ of the Maya calendar (and maybe the whole world!). In this talk he surveys the 2012 apocalypse industry and analyses its appeal.


The most charming of the skeptics”—ufologist Greg Sandow

Gun-toting lecher”—Private Eye

Ferociously drunk... downright dishonest”—Nick Pope
Each evening begins with the Fortmanteau, our monthly summary of strange news stories.









Introducing the London Cryptozoology Club

One waits ages for a fortean group to meet in London and then two come along in less than a year. The London Cryptozoology Club has created a facebook group and are planning monthly meeting, possibly on Tuesday evening. It's all very easly days but we're very happy to have them about. James, the clubs convener, says:


The Hackney Bear by Reena Makwana

The London Cryptozoology Group exists as an opportunity for Londoners and those who visit London to meet up once a month and share their interest in Cryptozoology. By the term ‘cryptozoology’ we also include animals that were proven to exist in the past but whose existence is now in doubt or ‘presumed’ extinct.

As time goes on we will look at holding film nights, inviting guest speakers, organising trips to places of cryptozoological interest in the UK and group attendance to particular events.



If you're not on Facebook you can email the club on london.cryptozoology@gmail.com. or call James on 07805 356461.




Monday, 9 January 2012

Fortean London: Mark Pilkington, Geraldine Beskin & John Rimmer

Thursday, 26 January 2012 7.30-10(ish)pm

Upstairs at The Bell pub, 50 Middlesex Street , London, E1 7EX
£3 / £2 concessions
7.30pm – Fortmanteaux: 8pm – talks: 9pm break: 9.30pm - Q&A: 10(ish)pm - End

Join the London Fortean Society and for three short talks and a discussion on Fortean London. Each talk will be around 15 minutes and will be a followed by a discussion of the paranormal places in north, west and south London.

John Rimmer watches the sky for the Brentford Griffin. John was the editor of Magonia magazine and now runs the Magonia blog.

Mark Pilkington trudges through the undergrowth of fortean Hampstead and Highgate. Mark runs Strange Attractor press and is the author of Mirage Men.

Geraldine Beskin reveals the ghosts of Peckham. Geraldine is proprietor of the world’s oldest occult bookshop: Atlantis Bookshop in Blooomsbury.

We will begin 2012 with our traditional round up of the month’s strange stories with our Fortmanteaux.