Hellish Nell: Spiritualism and Psychical Research in Interwar Britain (in building event)

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Hellish Nell: Spiritualism and Psychical Research in Interwar Britain (in building event)

Thursday 2 February 2023 | 7:00 pm

Please note that this is a live in-person event taking place in our building. If you would like to attend the event online, please click here. 

Join Malcolm Gaskill – Emeritus Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia and one of Britain’s leading experts and authors on the history of witchcraft – for live audience talks at Firstsite. 

Although spiritualism first took off in the Victorian era, its heyday came after the First World War when so many grieving families attended seances hoping to contact those they had loved and lost.

But spiritualist mediums were also of interest to psychical researchers, who wanted to test the truth of their claims, above all that ‘materialization mediums’ could manifest the dead from ectoplasm.

Helen Duncan, known as ‘Hellish Nell’, was the most famous of them all, not least because she was tried and imprisoned in 1944 under the Witchcraft Act.

This talk tells her story in the context of the anxious times in which she lived.

Please note this event is suitable for ages 12 years and over

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Standard £14.00 Concessions £12.00 Students £10.00

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Thursday 2 February 2023 | 7:00 pm

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