The Swedenborg Society celebrated its 200th anniversary throughout 2010. We had a diverse program of events, publications and activities - including talks, film screenings, exhibitions, as well as other social events - in honour of Emanuel Swedenborg and the Society's seminal role in perpetuating his legacy.
In January 2010 we hosted an evening with A S Byatt, where the acclaimed author gave readings from her work and welcomed questions from the floor. In February we had the pleasure of officially launching the bicentenary year with a toast - and a talk by Richard Lines on highlights from his forthcoming History of the Swedenborg Society. For one week only, Swedenborg House also became a temporary gallery space, as contemporary artists were invited to exhibit their work in response to Swedenborg and the Society. During the months of spring, we screened our brand new documentary on Swedenborg and launched a fresh translation of Heaven and Hell and a library (collected) edition of the Swedenborg Society Journal. The poet Simon Armitage and neuroloist/writer David Eagleman also spoke in honour of Swedenborg's cultural influence.
Moving into the summer, we hosted the world's first International Swedenborg Publishers Conference at the beginning of June - where we also launched a complete Bibliography of Swedenborg's works. Later that month David Bindman spoke on the sculptor John Flaxman; and in July, Prof. Roy Foster gave a lecture exploring the influence of Swedenborg on the Irish literary imagination.
Furthermore we hosted a season of films exploring Swedenbogian themes, throughout the autumn months - culminating in a short film festival at the end of October. In November, a conference to discuss ‘Emanuel Swedenborg: Visionary Scientist, Scientific Visionary' took place.