Major activities

1 Research

My primary research focuses on George Albert Smith (1864-1959).  Smith played significant roles, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in both the Society for Psychical Research (as hypnotist, secretary and paranormal investigator), and in the early film business (as a filmmaker and the inventor of Kinemacolor).  In addition, he ran a pleasure garden – St Ann’s Well, in Hove – was a stage hypnotist, and a magic lantern lecturer.  My research aims to bring together as much information about Smith as possible, and situate it within the cultural context of the period.  I would be pleased to hear about any unpublished material (letters, documents, photographs etc) relating to Smith, or information concerning surviving relatives.  Any help will be gratefully acknowledged.

I am also conducting a research project examining the role of the Royal Defence Corps, of which my paternal grandfather was a member, in the First World War.  Copies of documents or other information relating to the RDC would be welcome.

I am an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

2 The Society for Psychical Research

I am the reviews editor of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research and am always interested to hear about relevant recent publications in psychical research, parapsychology, Spiritualism and related fields.

Additionally I am the SPR’s Communications Officer, and as well as fielding enquiries received through the website ( look after the website’s ‘publications of interest’ section.  Also, I manage the SPR's Facebook page: ‘The Society for Psychical Research (SPR)’ and Twitter feed: @SPR1882, and am happy to add relevant items of interest.

3 Writing

As my bibliography shows, my interests range across (but are not limited to) historical aspects of psychical research and Spiritualism; the nineteenth century; cinema, particularly early film and its precursors; photography; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I am happy to consider freelance writing or editing projects.

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