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The Swedenborg Society is a publisher, library, events space, museum, bookshop and regsitered 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

Annual General Meeting and summer party

Monday 27 June 2016 | 6.00 - 6.30 pm | AGM

Followed by | 6.30 - 8.30 pm | summer party!

Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE

We would like to invite you to our AGM next week, followed by our Summer Party. The proceedings of the AGM will take place in Swedenborg Hall between 6.00-6.30 pm. After that we hope you will join us for food and wine in the bookshop, and a chance to unwind and celebrate the busy and exciting year we have had! There will be a 20% discount on all titles in the bookshop too! 

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You can download the 206th Annual Report for 2015 below.

Swedenborg Society 2016. Two hundred and Sixth Annual Report for the year 2015.pdf: 536.34 kb

Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal

a series of seminars led by Dr William Rowlandson

Hieronymous Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (detail). Wikimedia Commons.

MONDAYS 6, 13, 20 and 27 JUNE 2016 | 6.00 - 8.00 pm | David Wynter Room, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE (REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL)

REGISTER HERE

As part of its ongoing commitment to free education and educational resources, the Swedenborg Society is pleased to announce a new programme of weekly evening seminars. 

Running throughout June on Monday evenings, the first series of 4 seminars on ‘Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal’ will be led by Dr William Rowlandson of the University of Kent. Chiefly drawing on Swedenborg’s presence in Latin American Literature, they will investigate the peculiar interrelationship of fiction and non-fiction as a means of exploring the imaginal.

  • Week 1 (6 June) ‘So what is the Imaginal anyway?’
  • Week 2 (13 June) ‘What is Borges?’
  • Week 3 (20 June) ‘Praying for the souls of the fictional dead: Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo
  • Week 4 (27 June) ‘Magical Realism: Can the real be magic? Can magic be real?’

The classes will be held at Swedenborg House in the Society’s beautiful boardroom and library space, the David Wynter Room, and they will follow a seminar format of a 40-minute presentation, followed by a short intermission, and then a workshop and discussion session.

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Call for papers...

Swedenborg and the Arts, international conference

A three day conference exploring Swedenborg's influence opn the arts is planned for June 6-9th 2017 in Brytn Atyn, USA. From more details click here.

new book

New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society

Our latest publication is Ken Worpole's, New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society (London: Swedenborg Society, 2015; 90 pages, priced £6.95).

In New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society, Ken Worpole reveals that utopian and visionary thinking, especially in relation to new forms of settlement and livelihood, has not gone away, even if it has gone underground. With an unprecedented growth in the population of older people, along with increasing cultural and demographic change elsewhere in society, there is renewed interest in more convivial forms of urban design, as well as shared living. This interest draws on a long history of elective communities, including those influenced by the thought and works of Emanuel Swedenborg—a fascinating history with much to offer the architects and policy makers of today, and a history that is artfully and succinctly appraised in New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society.

Read more and order your copy here!

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.

Charity registration number: 209172