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Seeing is Believing: Spiritualism in the Victorian Era-Part 4

Cabinet of Curiosities | 26th January 2017

The Society of Psychical Research was one of a number of organisations established in Britain in the latter part of the nineteenth century. It was founded in 1882 by a group of Cambridge philosophers and scientists after a meeting of the British National Association of Spiritualists. Their aim was to investigate scientifically, without prejudice, those capabilities of man that appear to be inexplicable.

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Seeing is Believing: Spiritualism in the Victorian Era-Part 3

Cabinet of Curiosities | 26th January 2017

In the dawn of modern spiritualism the general means of communication employed by the spirits were made by “raps” or “alphabet rapping”, where a medium could relay messages from the deceased by writing letters on a slate. Under more favourable conditions, the spirits were able to speak in a direct voice using of the lungs of the medium, or materialise all vocal organs for their own use

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Seeing is Believing: Spiritualism in the Victorian Era-Part 2

Cabinet of Curiosities | 26th January 2017

​In mid-Victorian London the early spiritualist movement was relatively small and mainly dominated by the upper circles of society. A varied grouping of middle-class intellectuals and professionals became the early advocates of spiritualism, which included physicians, professors, lawyers and writers of the day.

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Seeing is Believing: Spiritualism in the Victorian Era-Part 1

Cabinet of Curiosities | 26th January 2017

Spiritualism has been perceived as a new religion that arrived in England from America in the mid-nineteenth century. The central principles of the Spiritualist movement can be broadly characterized by a belief in the continuity of a life after death, coupled with the conviction that the deceased can communicate with the living through a spiritual medium.

Old Operating Theatre Museum London

A Museum Story

Cabinet of Curiosities | 17th January 2017

It was Sunday morning. For the first time in a while, the sun was shining in London. As I came around the corner from London Bridge Station I looked up at the scaffolding that by now covered the tower of St. Thomas’ church. I climbed the spiral staircase and went into the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret.

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