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Raising Dr Dodd: John Hunter’s Daring Attempt at Resurrecting the King’s Curate

Talk | 8 November, 2018, 7:00 PM

​In May 1777 the Reverend Dr William Dodd was sentenced to hang. As honorary chaplain to George III, Dodd had become the most fashionable clergyman of the age before his fall from graceover a silly attempt at forgery. A huge public campaign to save his neck, backed by the writer Samuel Johnson, was in vain and Dodd was taken to the gallows at Tyburn on 27 June. Yet even as he felt the noose around his neck, Dodd had not lost hope of being saved. For if Samuel Johnson’s words had failed him, Dodd fully believed that the talents of his friend John Hunter, the infamous surgeon and anatomist, would bring him back from the dead.

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Is There Anybody There? Spiritualism: From the Front into the Front Parlours

Talk | 11 November, 2018, 7:00 PM

Between 1914-1918, millions of people were suddenly forced to deal with a vast number of violent and unnatural deaths of young men. Britain became a nation of mourners. Bereavement and attempts to cope with mass death intensified as families and individuals sought all the help they could in dealing with personal loss. For many people, Spiritualism provided an outlet for their suffering and sorrow and offered an assurance that their dead loved ones lived on. This talk will explore how Spiritualism helped illuminate a world darkened by the catastrophe that we call today the Great War.

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Film Night: Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1967)

Film night | 22 November, 2018, 7:00 PM

A creepy, engrossing Hitchcock-like suspense story set in the seedy, seething atmosphere of a loveless Britain. An unscrupulous and mentally unstable professional medium talks her downtrodden husband into kidnapping a child so she can become celebrated in her field and financially rewarded. He knows his troubled wife walks a fine line between sanity and madness, but out of devotion succumbs to her demands. Things take a sinister turn as they become more and more unhinged under the imagined influence of their dead son.

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