The Swedenborg Society is a publisher, library, events space, museum, bookshop and registered charity. In addition to organizing events, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances and film screenings; we also publish a large selection of literature relating to the work of the philosopher, scientist, inventor, astronomer, mathematician, parliamentary figure and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). The Society's Grade II listed premises in Bloomsbury, central London, is also available for private hire. For free updates on our events and publications please join our e-newsletter mailing list

Swedenborg Birthday Meeting 2017

The Anatomy of Heaven by Dr David Lister | Launch of Distant Voices by John S Haller

Saturday 28 January 2017 | 4.00 pm | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE ENTRY


The Swedenborg Birthday Meeting traditionally opens the Swedenborg Society’s annual programme of events and activities—an occasion that ties the Society’s informal and welcoming hospitality to the grandeur of celebrating Swedenborg’s vast cultural legacy.

We are delighted to announce that the birthday meeting will open with a musical recital, shortly to be confirmed! The Swedenborg Birthday meeting this year will feature an illustrated talk by Dr David Lister on 'The Anantomy of Heaven' and the launch of the Society's latest publication Distant Voices: Sketches of a Swedenborgian World View by John S Haller, Jr. 

There will also be a musical prelude.

(Please note John Haller will not be in attendance for this launch.)

Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing LOTS of you here! Everybody is welcome.


New Book

Distant Voices by John S Haller, Jr

Our next publication is the much-anticipated Distant Voices: Sketches of a Swedenborgian World View by John S Haller, Jr, which will be published on 28 January 2017 and launched at our Swedenborg Birthday Meeting (see above).

Pre-order your copy now

In Distant Voices: Sketches of a Swedenborgian World View, John Haller highlights Swedenborg’s discreet and dignified presence in the lives and works of some dozen charismatic thinkers whose own impact has been significant and far-reaching (even if they themselves have sometimes drifted out of the public consciousness). In a series of well-crafted chapters and a retrospective, Haller takes us from the mid-19th-century worlds of Henry James, Sr, R W Emerson and Charles Fourier through to the 1960s era of counterculture that D T Suzuki helped shape and saw out his life in.

Featuring chapters on Henry James, Sr and Ralph Waldo Emerson; Charles Fourier and Albert Brisbane; Thomas Lake Harris; J J G Wilkinson and James Tyler Kent; Charles Bonney and the World’s Parliament of Religions (1893); Paul Carus and Herman Vetterling; Ralph Waldo Trine; and D T Suzuki.

volunteers needed

Would you like to volunteer for the Swedenborg Society? We are currently looking for people who might like to help invigilate our bookshop during weekdays and also help out during our busy events programme. Previous experience is not needed. The Society’s beautiful oak-lined shop is in the middle of Bloomsbury, London. It is close to the British Museum and only five minutes walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square. If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please do not hesitate to contact us via admin@swedenborg.org.uk or 0207 405 7986.

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