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

Bloomsbury Festival 2016

Now It is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits | BRIDGET SMITH


10.30 am - 5.00 pm daily (not open on Sundays)

The Swedenborg Society will once again be participating in the annual Bloomsbury Festival, this year with an exciting new exhibition, Now It is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits, co-curated by our artist in residence Bridget Smith...

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a performance & book launch with Iain Sinclair & Brian Catling

Swedenborg House, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | Wednesday 2 November 2016 | 7.00-9.30 pm | FREE ADMISSION (but book in advance)


Iain Sinclair and Brian Catling continue their staggered and staggering series of performances at the Swedenborg Society on the occasion of the publication of Iain's new volume of poetry, Seeschlange, published by Equipage.


Swedenborg Film Festival

26 November 2016 | 3.30 - 9.30 pm

Saturday 26 November 2016 | 3.30 - 9.30 pm | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH


Showcasing new works by artist filmmakers, the SFF returns on 26 November with an exciting and topographical-themed programme: 

  • 3:30 - 5:15 pm London Overground (2016). Screening followed by Q&A with director John Rogers, and stars Iain Sinclair and Andrew Kötting.
  • 6:15 - 7:15 pm Edith Walks (2016). London premiere of Andrew Kötting’s new film, introduced by Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair.
  • 7:45 - 9:00 pm SFF competition. Screening of shortlist and announcement of winner.

At the close of the evening, SFF guest judge—filmmaker Andrew Kötting—will announce the winning film and the 2017 call for entries.


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