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The Spiritualist Craze and Highgate Cemetery. A talk by Roger Luckhurst

Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust

Thursday, 19 April 2018 at 19:30 (BST)

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The craze of Spiritualism was a dissident form of belief that sought to prove empirically the survival of the spirit after bodily death. It first travelled to London from the millennial sects of New England in the 1850s, and possibly reached its peak in the 1870s with the ‘dark seance’, at which it was regularly claimed that spirits were materialising in London drawing rooms. There was another major surge of belief during the devastating losses of the First World War, when many were desperate to contact their dead sons.
Some of those related to this history are buried at Highgate: the famous medium Georgiana Houghton, the writer and Spiritualist Radclyffe Hall, and George Eliot, who was present (although deeply suspicious) at a seance held with Charles Darwin in the 1870s.
Roger Luckhurst is a professor of modern literature who teaches at Birkbeck College University of London. He has published books called The Invention of Telepathy, The Mummy’s Curse and Zombies: A Cultural History as well as an edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the Oxford World’s Classics series.

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The Chapel Highgate Cemetery West
Swains Lane
N6 6PJ London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 19 April 2018 at 19:30 (BST)


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