Society for Psychical Research


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Cultural formation Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
SACD joined the Society for Psychical Research at an early date in autumn 1893, after a brief flirtation with theosophy. (He resigned from the society in March 1930, not because his belief had slackened but...
Cultural formation Radclyffe Hall
RH 's belief in spiritualism was in conflict with her Catholicism . The Catholic Church did not condone spiritualism and she could not find a confessor who approved of her meetings with the medium she...
Cultural formation Margery Lawrence
ML accepted the spiritualist belief that there are levels of existence in the afterlife, or the Other Side, the lowest being the astral plane. One's plane on the Other Side, she maintained...
Cultural formation Una Troubridge
UT and her lover Radclyffe Hall joined the Society for Psychical Research (founded in 1882) at the encouragement of Sir Oliver Lodge , a well-known physicist and writer on Spiritualism.
Baker, Michael. Our Three Selves: The Life of Radclyffe Hall. Hamish Hamilton, 1985.
death Edith Lyttelton
Her memorial service was attended by relations and by prominent members of society, politicians, and representatives from the wide variety of causes she supported, including the Victoria League , the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Committee
Family and Intimate relationships Radclyffe Hall
Although Una finished a bust of RH in October 1918, her career as a sculptor was soon overtaken by the demands of her lover's writing career. She read aloud drafts of Hall's manuscripts and helped...
Fictionalization Radclyffe Hall
In contrast with Hall's views, Mackenzie represented lesbianism as a temporary social construct, sometimes entertaining for the (usually male) observer. This book also contains a more specific connection to RH in its dour character named...
Occupation Radclyffe Hall
RH was appointed a member of the Council of the Society for Psychical Research , to which she had already given two lectures.
Cline, Sally. Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John. John Murray, 1997.
144, 179
Occupation Edith Lyttelton
EL , a long-standing member of the Society for Psychical Research , served as its president.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Occupation May Sinclair
MS was elected a member of the Society for Psychical Research , which helped to bring the work of Freud , Jung , and Pierre Janet to England.
Boll, Theophilus E. M. Miss May Sinclair: Novelist: A Biographical and Critical Introduction. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1973.
Zegger, Hrisey Dimitrakis. May Sinclair. Twayne, 1976.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Occupation May Sinclair
She was one of a total of six founding members of the Medico-Psychological Clinic who also belonged to the Society for Psychical Research . She never, however, contributed to the Society's journal or its proceedings.
Other Life Event Marjorie Bowen
For a time, the family lived in a house near the cricket ground at Lord's in London. The house appeared to be haunted; Marget's sister, the family nurse Nana, and the hired man believed...
Other Life Event Una Troubridge
UT 's relationship with Radclyffe Hall was publicly scrutinised when Hall sued George Lane Fox-Pitt , a member of the Society for Psychical Research , for accusing her of immorality.
Cline, Sally. Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John. John Murray, 1997.
Baker, Michael. Our Three Selves: The Life of Radclyffe Hall. Hamish Hamilton, 1985.
124, 128, 131
Author summary Una Troubridge
Twentieth-century translator and biographer UT is best remembered for her numerous translations from the French and Italian, and for her biography of her lover of twenty-eight years, the writer Radclyffe Hall . UT also published...
Publishing Una Troubridge
UT researched and wrote a paper on Spiritualism entitled The Modus Operandi in So-Called Mediumistic Trance, which she published in the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research , to which she belonged.
Ormrod, Richard. Una Troubridge: The Friend of Radclyffe Hall. Carroll and Graf, 1985.


The Society for Psychical Research was founded with the purpose of conducting objective scientific research into supernatural phenomena such as clairvoyance, telepathy, and mediumship.
November 1894
English physicist Sir Oliver Lodge (who was just then pioneering research on radio wavess) published his influential research on Spiritualist medium Eusapia Paladino . This appeared in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.