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.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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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.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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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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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Ghosts and Demons of the City walk

Our meeting point is Blackfriars Station, north end of Blackfriars Bridge. 0795 201 2487 if you are lost!

Saturday 31 October 2015
3pm-5pm
£5
We've just taken the tickets off-sale for this as we've got to print the guest list off. There are still spaces to if you would like ot come along meet up at Blackfriars Station, Queen Victoria Street, Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4D
Meet at the north end of Queen Victoria Street, Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4DY.

Join London Fortean Society host Scott Wood on a walk across the haunted square mile.

How much horror is there is the City of London? Join Scott Wood for a sunset ramble
through the Square Mile. Where the Devil met a coachman, where a mummified ghost walks, where the dead rose and where demons stare down on to the street. There will be haunted pubs, haunted stations, haunted churches, the ghost of Dick Whittington's Cat, an undead bank clerk and much more. 

Scott is writes irregularly for Londonist and is the author of Urban Legends of London: The Corpse on the Tube and Other Stories.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Bankside Ghosts and Monsters Walk

Bankside Ghosts and Monsters Walk
Friday 30 October 2015
7-8.30pm (approx)
£5 
We've just taken the tickets off-sale for this as we've got to print the guest list off. There are still spaces to if you would like ot come along meet up at Southwark tube station, 68-70 Blackfriars Road, SE1 at 7pm
Meet at the exit for Southwark Station, 68 - 70 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8JZ
The Bankside Ghost


A riverside and Borough back-street tour of Southwark’s ghostly and magical past and folklore. Hear legends of London Bridge, violent wives from beyond the grave, the fury of an undead baker, secret seances at the Globe and the foodie poltergeist of Skeleton Corner and much more. 

Your guide is London Fortean Society host Scott Wood. Scott is the irregular writer of Fortean London for Londonist and the author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse of the Tube


The Unbelievers Ghost Walk (London EC1)

Saturday 31 October 2015
7pm-8.30pm
£5 (Advanced tickets)

This event has now sold out sorry! We believe we shall be doing it again soon! In the meantime please check out our Ghosts and Demons of the City and Bankside Ghosts and Monsters Halloween walks. 

Meet outside Farringdon station on Cowcross Street, EC1


Why should people who believe in ghosts have all the fun? Come walk the atmospheric and ancient streets of Smithfield and Farringdon hearing of the stories of screaming Anne, ghosts of inconveniently alive judges, carpet lifting pub spirits,the horrible secret of Bleeding Heart Yard and the ghost of Scratching Fanny on Cock Lane (to name but a few). 

This circular-ish walk will be funny, irreverent, and informative and will wonder what ghosts are what ghost stories say about who we are and how we think about the world.

No ghosts were harmed in the making of this walk;
This is a walk for anyone interested in ghost stories and London be they sceptical or otherwise. All are welcome. 

Your guide is London Fortean Society host Scott Wood. Scott is the irregular writer for Londonist and the author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse of the Tube

Saturday 31 October 2013
7pm-8.30pm
£5 
Meet outside Farringdon station on Cowcross Street, EC1

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Halloween Gathering: Encountering Ghosts

7.45pm Thursday 29 October 2015
£4 / £2 concessions
Advanced tickets This event has now sold out sorry! 
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Halloween is scratching at our door once more, whispering that it is time for our annual look into the intangible world of ghosts*. 


This year we wanted to hear from people who have encountered ghosts, ask them what happened and what the encounter meant to them. 

Paul Turp
Chris French
Al Robertson is a writer and musician. He is the author of Crashing Heaven and many spooky short stories. 


Professor Christopher French is a Professor of Psychology and Co-ordinator, Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit. His research areas include the psychology of paranormal belief and ostensibly paranormal experiences.

The Rev Paul Turp is the vicar of St Leonard's church, Shoreditch. He has been vicar of Shoreditch for 32 years. He has a doctorate in The Theology of Metaphysics and has regularly helps people who have had disturbing experiences.


Al Robertson
In the discussion following these short talks the audience will be invited to share their ghostly encounters while we all wonder what we really talk about when we talk about ghosts. 

*We do ghosts a lot, actually, but we do make sure we always do ghosts at the event nearest to Halloween.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Watching for UFOs: The Edges of Ufology

7.45pm Monday 19 October 2015
£4 / £2 concessions
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Join Mark Pilkington, Micah Hanks and more for as we ask the question: “What do we really talk about when we talk about UFOs?”

Aliens and UFO’s glide through every part of popular culture and are one of the most popular fortean topics. But what do we really talk about when we talk about UFOs? Do we mean alien invasion, sky phantoms, military conspiracies, psychic and paranormal phenomena , mass delusions or something else entirely?
The London Fortean Society has assembled a panel from some of the diverse edges of Ufology to discuss the state of UFOs, UFO thought and to ponder what the questions, as well as answers, we may need to work out the world of UFOs and UFO lore.

Mark Pilkington has written two books, Mirage Men (2010) and Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science’s Outer Edge (2007). 


 His writing has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Anomalist, Celeste, FHM, Fortean Times, Frieze, Sight and Sound, The Wire, the Time Out Book of London Walks Vol.2 and London Noir. Mark runs Strange Attractor Press and edits its acclaimed anthologies, Strange Attractor Journal.

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, podcaster, lecturer and radio personality whose work addresses a variety of areas, including history, politics, scientific theories and unexplained phenomena. He is author of several books, including his most recent work, The Ghost Rockets, as well as his 2011 release Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule: The Search for
Sentient Intelligence from Other Worlds. In 2012, his book The UFO Singularity explored themes that incorporated futurism and technology–and at times skeptically–into an analysis of UFO phenomenon. 

Hanks has served as a consulting editor and columnist for FATE Magazine, and he is a staff blogger for Mysterious Universe. He produces the weekly Gralien Report podcast in addition to a news and current events podcast, Middle Theory

Mike Clelland blogs at Hidden Experience . We are very keen to hear of his research in to 'owls and the UFO abductee' and more. 

More panelists to be announced shortly. 

7.45pm Monday 19 October 2015
£4 / £2 concessions
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Amityville, Astral Projection and Shining Eyes: The Amazing Alex Tanous

London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents:

Amityville, Astral Projection and Shining Eyes: The Amazing Alex Tanous

£5 (Tickets)
Monday 5 October 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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Dr Alex Tanous was well known in the USA for his remarkable psychic gifts. He claimed to be able to leave his body at will and travel in the astral form, project light from his eyes, interact with ghosts, and made many remarkable predictions. Recently, the forgotten work of his field investigations into ghosts and hauntings with the late Dr Karlis Osis have been recovered and pieced back together as far as possible, demonstrating some remarkable first hand experiences – including the investigation of the Amityville House. 

All this will be discussed and so much more. Including Steve Parsons and Callum Cooper’s new project on ‘sound and the paranormal’

Callum Cooper is a chartered psychologist based at the University of Northampton, within
its Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP). There, he lectures on topics such a parapsychology, death and bereavement, sexual behaviour and positive psychology. He is a member of the Society for Psychical for Psychical Research (and on its Survival Research Committee) and a member of the Parapsychological Association. He is the author and editor of such books as: Telephone Calls from the Dead (Tricorn Books, 2012), Conversations with Ghosts (White Crow Books, 2013) and Paracoustics (White Crow Books, 2015).

£5 (Tickets)
Monday 5 October 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Satanic Ritual Abuse and False Memories

7.45pm Thursday 24 September 2015
£4 / £2 concessions
Advanced tickets
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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In the 1990s Britain and America were shaken by allegations that Satanic cults were conducting horrific abuse on babies, children and teenagers, and that young women were “brood mares” for babies that were then killed in Satanic rituals. 

Professor Emeritus Jean La Fontaine of LSE wrote Speak of the Devil: Tales of
Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England, which appeared to bring an end to the moral panic that had dominated the media – but which has sprung up again this year in north London. 


Professor Chris French of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths College, is a world expert on false memories – how and why people can be made to believe they have had entirely fictional experiences, including ritual sexual abuse. 

Together they examine how such spurious stories are promulgated by a sensation-hungry media, and how sensible professionals, from social workers to police officers, can be taken in by them.

7.45pm Thursday 24 September 2015
£4 / £2 concessions
Advanced tickets
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Friday, 24 July 2015

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook


London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents:

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and 'negrophile'.
Roger Luckhurst
£5 Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns. 
Tuesday 8 September 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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This talk will explore the life of William Seabrook (1884-1945), once a
Magic Island
celebrated feature writer, journalist, travel writer and friend to many key artists of the New York and Paris Modernist era. Seabrook's exotic travels led him to join the Bedouins, attempt to eat human flesh in West Africa, experiment with witchery with Aleister Crowley, pay Man Ray to photograph Lee Miller in bondage, and in his most lasting legacy travel to Haiti and publish Magic Island, the book he claimed introduced the zombie to American popular culture. 


As Seabrook's books begin to be reissued on the 70th anniversary of his death, it is a good time to reassess this deeply Fortean figure.

Roger Luckhurst is Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck and the author of Zombies: A Cultural History.
The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and 'negrophile'.
Roger Luckhurst
£5 Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns. 
Tuesday 8 September 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, 
London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England’s Churches

7.45pm Thursday 27 August 2015
Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns. 
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East


Strange medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and demons who stalk the walls, not to mention prayers, curses and slanderous comments – Britain’s medieval churches are a treasure-house of graffiti. 

Author and archaeologist Matthew Champion shines a spotlight on a forgotten world of ships, prayers for good fortune, satirical cartoons, charms, curses, windmills, word puzzles, architectural plans and heraldic designs.


7.45pm Thursday 27 August 2015
Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns.
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Science in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain

London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents

Science in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain
Melanie Keene
£5 (Tickets)
Monday 13 July 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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 GNOMES!
In Victorian Britain an array of writers captured the excitement of new scientific discoveries, and enticed young readers and listeners into learning their secrets by converting explanations into quirky, charming, and imaginative fairy-tales; natural forces could be fairies, dinosaurs could be dragons, and looking closely at a drop of water revealed a soup of monsters.

In exploring the ways in which authors and translators – from Hans Christian Andersen to the pseudonymous ‘A.L.O.E.’ and ‘Acheta Domestica’ – reconciled the differing demands of factual accuracy and fantastical narratives, Melanie Keene asks why the fairies and their tales were chosen as an appropriate new form for capturing and presenting scientific and technological knowledge to young audiences. Such stories, she argues, were an important way in which authors and audiences criticised, communicated, and celebrated contemporary scientific ideas, practices, and objects.Science in Wonderland explores how these stories were presented and read.

Melanie Keene is a historian of science for children, based at Homerton College, Cambridge. She has
Science in Wonderland
published several academic and popular articles on scientific books and objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, on topics from candles, pebbles, or cups of tea, to board games, toy sets, and model dinosaurs.

Science in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain
Melanie Keene
£5 (Tickets)
Monday 13 July 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents

The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

This event is now sold out. Thank you for such a great response for what is a brilliant talk on a dark and fascinating subject. We may have some spaces on the night - please come to Conway Hall on Tuesday night. 

Karl Bell
£5 (Tickets)
Tuesday 30 June 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
Facebook event page.



One of London's greatest monsters, Spring-heeled Jack has held the city's imagination in his claws since he first appeared as "a ghost, a bear, and a devil" right up to contemporary comics and internet radio dramas featuring the leaping horror of legend.

This talk explores Spring-heeled Jack’s appearances in and relationship to Victorian London. It considers his origins in the capital, and the way the metropolitan press gave life to a strange urban legend that went on to terrorise the rest of the country.

Dr Karl Bell is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth. He has published on a variety of topics linked to magic and the supernatural in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of two books, 'The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England' 1780-1914' (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and 'The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures' (Boydell and Brewer, 2012). The latter won the 2013 Katharine Briggs Award.


This event is sold out. Thank you for such a great response for what is a brilliant talk on a dark and fascinating subject. We may have some spaces on the night - please come to Conway Hall on Tuesday night. 

The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press
Karl Bell
£5 (Tickets)
Tuesday 30 June 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Dr David Clarke: How UFOs Conquered The World

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 25 June 2015
£4 / £2 concessions (please note new price!)
Advanced tickets available (10% admin fee)
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street
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David will be selling his book, 'How UFOs Conquered the World' for £15 (rrp £20 hard back) on the night.

The UFO was born in America during the summer of 1947. A lone pilot saw nine mysterious objects that flew ‘like a saucer would if you skipped it across water’ and the media did the rest. Today, almost half the population of the Western world believe we are not alone. Millions of people claim to have seen a UFO. An alarming number reported being ‘abducted’ by aliens. And some are convinced there is a conspiracy by governments to hide ‘the truth’.


As a child during the 1970s, Fortean Times writer David Clarke wanted to believe. He joined a UFO society, went ‘skywatching’, and later, as a journalist, spent decades investigating sighting reports, unearthing Top Secret government files, and interviewing those who claim they have seen interplanetary craft and had met their occupants. He never found a crashed flying saucer, or received a visit from the sinister Men In Black. Instead he discovered something no less astonishing.

How UFOS Conquered The World describes David’s strange journey to the heart of the UFO phenomenon. He has close encounters with abductees, hoaxers and conspiracy theorists. He meets people who think aliens are angels (or demons). And he tracks down the boffins who ran the British government’s now defunct ‘UFO desk’ to find out what their investigations really uncovered. Along the way he reveals how the human will to believe turned the stuff of science fiction into the most enduring myth of modern times.

David will be selling his book, 'How UFOs Conquered the World' for £15 (rrp £20 hard back) on the night.

£4 / £2 concessions (please note new price!)
Advanced tickets available (10% admin fee)
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street
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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Weird and Wonderful World of Animal Sex

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 28 May 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street
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What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals. Researching private parts was long considered taboo, but scientists are now beginning to understand that the wild diversity of sex organs across species can tell us a lot about evolution. 

Menno Schilthuize invites the audience to join him as he uncovers the ways the shapes and functions of genitalia have been molded by complex Darwinian struggles: penises that have lost their spines but evolved appendages to displace sperm; female orgasms that select or reject semen from males, in turn subtly modifying the females’ genital shape. 

We learn why spiders masturbate into miniature webs, discover she-dungflies that store

sperm from attractive males in their bellies, and see how, when it comes to outlandish appendages and bizarre behaviors, humans are downright boring. 

Menno is the author of the book Nature's Nether Regions (Penguin) is senior scientist
at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands.

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 28 May 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

David J Hand
This event has now sold out. 

Tuesday 19 May 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day  event Facebook page.



Coincidences happen, incredibly unlikely things occur, and the apparently miraculous comes about. The improbability principle says that such extraordinarily improbable events are commonplace. It shows that this is not a contradiction, but that we should expect identical lottery numbers to come up more than once, lightning to strike twice, and financial crashes to occur.

Professor David J. Hand is Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London. His applications interests include psychology, physics, and the retail credit industry - he and his research group won the 2012 Credit Collections and Risk Award for Contributions to the Credit Industry. He was made OBE for services to research and innovation in 2013.

His latest book, The Improbability Principle, appeared in February 2014. 

This event has now sold out. 
Tuesday 19 May 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Derbyshire Mummified Fairy

The Derbyshire Mummified Fairy
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 30 April 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
Advanced tickets (10% booking fee)
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street
Facebook event page

Up there with The Fiji Mermaid, the Area 51 Alien Autopsy film and The Cottingley Fairies, the Derbyshire Mummified Fairy is considered to be one of the greatest hoaxes of modern times. Still 'going viral' and stirring people's imaginations globally, the hoax creator Dan Baines gives a full account of what he did, why he did it and the strange repercussions that followed. 


Those expecting a talk on the non-existence of fairies and how he fooled millions of believers think again. Dan's cautionary tale presents a modern account on what can happen when one unexpectedly opens a door to a long forgotten world and the secrets it can uncover.

Each events begins with our fortmanteau of topical fortean stories.
CSI Neverland: Clap, children, clap! 


The Derbyshire Mummified Fairy
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 30 April 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
Advanced tickets (10% booking fee)
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street
Facebook event page

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Fortean London: The Sacred and Profane

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 26 March 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
Sold out! Please contact us for door tickets. 
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street


Join us for a night of shrines and magic in London with three expert City explorers and magical practitioners.

Caroline Wise: The Lost Goddess of London
In the City there was once a great goddess. She resurfaces at various times. Who is she? Why is she here? Where can we find her and what Fortean phenomena has she generated?

Peter Watts: London's Secret Shrine
Exploring London's secret shrines, from spoons to skateboards and how the city commemorates the dead. Peter Watts is a writer and London nerd who has written about architecture, beer, buses, drugs, music, tunnels, boats, zoos and pretty much everything else in between.

John Constable: Goose and Crow at Crossbones Graveyard
John Constable aka John Crow is the author of The Southwark Mysteries, a magical work
http://www.crossbones.org.uk/
received in a vision of Cross Bones, south London's outcasts' burial ground. In this talk, he explores the site's extraordinary past, present and future.

Each events begins with our fortmanteau of topical fortean stories.

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 26 March 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
Sold out! Please contact us for door tickets. 
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Bleeding Heart Walk

6.30pm Saturday 14 February: tickets off sale but still some places! Please come along. 

£5 per person
Meeting
Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, EC1.
Nearest rail: Farringdon
Nearest tube: Farringdon & Chancery Lane.


Forget St. Valentine and join London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube author Scott Wood for a walk across London’s strangest and scariest sites. Join us for the heart-wrenchingly gory legends of Bleeding Heart Yard, the divorced statue, wife sales, husband bothering from beyond the grave, scratching fanny, phantom black dogs, cat-fighting ghosts, tacky love tokens, the rat love queen, a  magical duel with an undead baker and  the shrine of the prostitutes graveyard and more. 

This 2 hour walk, hosted by the London Fortean Society and Haunt London
begins in Bleeding Heart Yard EC1 and crosses the City to finish at Red Cross Way SE1.

7pm Friday 13 February- booking closed, still some places! Come this evening
6.30pm Saturday 14 February
£5
Meeting Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, EC1.
Nearest rail: Farringdon
Nearest tube: Farringdon & Chancery Lane.