INSIDE THE SEANCE ROOM - Dr Dingwall’s Psychical Research
A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with Christopher Josiffe on Wednesday the 16th February 2022 at 7:00 pm

This lecture will take place virtually, via Zoom. Attendees may request a video recording after the lecture takes place by emailing proof of purchase to

In this talk, librarian Christopher Josiffe will uncover the work of the famous psychical investigator, Dr Eric Dingwall and his research into ghosts, spirits, spiritualist mediums, disembodied limbs and ectoplasm.

Dr Eric Dingwall (1892 - 1986)  worked 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”. Under these auspices, he became the honorary vice-president for The Magic Circle and a founding member of its Occult Committee.

He was also 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, seeking a high standard of proof and always unafraid of exposing frauds and charlatans.

Through his work at Senate House, Christopher Josiffe, has been examining Dr Dingwall’s voluminous archives for several years and in this illustrated talk he will give us access to this amazing collection.

Tickets £5 including a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.

Christopher Josiffe
Christopher Josiffe is a regular contributor to Fortean Times and has also been published in Faunus, Abraxas, and The Pomegranate. He has given lectures at the Ghost Club, the Society for Psychical Research, Senate House Library and the Fortean Times Unconvention

PLEASE NOTE - This talk will take place virtually via Zoom. Ticket sales will end at 5:00 pm BST on the day of the lecture. A link to the conference will be sent to the email used at checkout at 3:00 pm BST on the day of the event. Please email in the event your link fails to arrive.

Image credit - Séance conducted by John Beattie, Bristol, England, 1872. Public domain courtesy of Wikimedia.