The Victorian Séance: From the Occult to the Gin Parlour

The Victorian Séance: From the Occult to the Gin Parlour

This event has finished Took place on: Friday, 26th Oct 2018

 £12

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Although rituals to commune with the dead have been part of the human experience reaching back through cultures and time immemorial, what has had the strongest foothold in our Western cultural imagination today is that of the Victorian séance.

From its roots in the romantic era gothic imagination to fascinations with the boundaries of science, Victorian fringe exploration into the esoteric manifested itself by way of a variety of literary masterpieces and occult societies – the most famous of which was founded by the ‘Wickedest Man in the World’, Aleister Crowley.

Out of this kaleidoscopic swirl of occult beliefs and investigations, penny dreadfuls and parlour tricks, the Victorian séance is the most archetypal symbol of this era of the transmundane. The iconic image of hands held around candles and draped tables encompasses participants from the sorrow-filled hopeful widow to gin-soaked giggling party guests.

In this evening lecture, Dr Romany Reagan will take us on an exploration of the beginnings of occultism and the gothic imagination in Victorian culture. From William Blake’s otherworldly visions up into Arthur Machen’s doors of perception exploring secret patterns in our everyday lives, this talk will offer perspectives on the cultural trends and psychology behind the Victorian séance up to today’s Ouija board – and why, over 170 years later, we still love to flirt with the question: do you believe?

Because it is Halloween Weekend, this event will also run a special costume contest. The best Victorian or medical themed costume will win 2 free tickets to one of our Film Nights.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM.


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This event has finished Took place on: Friday, 26th Oct 2018

 £12

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2018-10-26 2018-10-26 Europe/London The Victorian Séance: From the Occult to the Gin Parlour Dr Romany Reagan will take us on an exploration of the beginnings of occultism and the gothic imagination in Victorian culture. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/10/26/the-victorian-sance-from-the-occult-to-the-gin-parlour-186631 The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret,9a Saint Thomas Street,London,London

Location

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret,

9a Saint Thomas Street,
London,
London,
UK
SE1 9RY

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