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

Dummy Jim

special screening, book launch and conversation with director

Monday 7 December 2015 | Doors open from 6.30 pm. | Swedenborg House | 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH

FREE ADMISSION (But book in advance)

This event will be BSL / English interpreted

This festive and 'deaf friendly' evening will see the director Matt Hulse in conversation with Gareth Evans after the screening of his touching and poetic film Dummy Jim. The night will also see the launch—in conjunction with the Saltire Society, Edinburgh—of a new edition of James Duthie’s 1951 book, I Cycled into the Arctic Circle, upon which the film was based, and in which, amongst so many wonders, Duthie discovered the inestimable Scandinavian sage Emanuel Swedenborg.

Read more (and details of how to book your place).

New Book

New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society

Our next publication will be 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!

swedenborg film festival

Competition open | Submissions close 30 November 2015

Oliver Pietsch, From Here to Eternity (2010) (Swedenborg Short Film Festival 2012)

Featuring films of 30 minutes or less and co-curated by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) and Nora Foster (Frieze), the Swedenborg Film Festival invites entries from the latest new and established talent of experimental and artist film. 

Selected films will be screened in March 2016 (date TBA), to a public audience at Swedenborg Hall, ‘one of London’s most atmospheric venues’ (The Guardian). Winning works will be shown as part of a dynamic curated programme of international artist and feature film. Artists including Bridget Smith, Jeremy Millar and Lech Majewski have shown work at SFF.


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