A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
A Study of an English Eccentric
A talk in Brompton Cemetery Chapel with Christopher Josiffe
Saturday the 30th October 2021 at 3:30 pm

Dr Eric Dingwall (1892-1986) was an anthropologist, sexologist, librarian, collector of erotica, conscientious objector, intelligence agent and psychical researcher. As Honorary Assistant Keeper in the Reference Division of the British Library, cataloguing private case material of erotica, sexuality, magic and the paranormal he earned himself him the nickname of "Dirty Ding”. He was the honorary vice-president for The Magic Circle and a founding member of its Occult Committee. The eccentric Dr Dingwall also had a keen interest in horology and his collection of automaton clocks was bequeathed to the British Museum.

He was a leading member of the Society for Psychical Research and travelled widely in Europe and the USA in the 1920s and 30s investigating mediums and approaching the study of the paranormal with a sceptical eye, seeking a high standard of proof and always unafraid of exposing frauds and charlatans.

This talk by librarian Christopher Josiffe, who has been examining Dr Dingwall’s voluminous archives for several years, will focus on his research into ghosts, spirits, spiritualist mediums, disembodied limbs and ectoplasm.

Tickets £12 including a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Brompton Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.

Christopher Josiffe
Christopher Josiffe is an author and librarian. A regular contributor to Fortean Times and other magazines, his award-winning study of the Gef the Talking Mongoose case was published by Strange Attractor Press in 2017. He is currently writing a biography of Eric Dingwall, to be published early 2022.

Image Credit - Still life with a ledger, a skull and other objects. Oil painting, 1766. Public domain courtesy of the Wellcome Collection
Kensal Green Cemetery