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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 Society Annual General Meeting | Monitoring Space: Bridget Smith

Monday 18 September | 6.00 pm (doors open from 5.30 pm) | Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE | Refreshments served

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The Swedenborg Society's artist in residence Bridget Smith will be presenting a screening of the short film Monitoring Space (13 mins) at Swedenborg Hall. This will be followed by a conversation with Bridget about the nature of her residency at the Society; the work she has been producing; and the broader implications of artist residency schemes in general.

Monitoring Space ('this charming film... is clearly a rich and mesmerizing experience' Art Monthly) was filmed at the Mills Observatory, Dundee, featuring interview clips with astronomer and visitor assistant, Robert Law, interspersed with shots of the observatory's collection, displays and surroundings. 

The Swedenborg Society's AGM will also take place during this evening offering an opportunity for members to make suggestions, discuss existing projects and nominate trustees. The formalities of the AGM normally last around 30 minutes.

Back in Stock!

New Jerusalem: The Good City and The Good Society By Ken Worpole

After selling out in the first-edition paperback, Ken Worpole’s New Jerusalem: The good city and the good society is now available in hardback! The fourth book in the Swedenborg Archive Series, this new edition comes with two cover options: the original Letchworth Garden City map cover and, specially for this edition, an off-white plain cover in keeping with the Swedenborg Archive Series.

Available in store and online here for the price of £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 by Worpole.

Arcana Caelestia Reading Group

Last Thursday of every month, starting on Thursday 25 May 2017 | 6.00-8.00 pm | Gardiner Room, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE

Following on from our seminar series staged over the last year on 'Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal' (with Dr William Rowlandson) and on 'The Anatomy of Heaven' (with Dr David Lister), we will be holding a monthly reading group centring on Swedenborg's magnum opus Arcana Caelestia.

The Arcana can be seen as a foundation for all of Swedenborg's later visionary works, including Heaven and Hell and Divine Love and Wisdom. It contains Swedenborg's clause-by-clause elucidation of the spiritual meaning in the biblical books of Genesis and Exodus, as well as descriptions of an incredible variety of his own spiritual experiences. It exists in English as a 12-volume set (translated by John Elliott) and is available to order online or at the Swedenborg House Bookshop.

Volume one will be available for free for those who register in advance.

Register here.

Sally Kindberg

New Children's Workshops at Swedenborg House!

Sally Kindberg is coming to Swedenborg House! Later in the year Sally will begin the first in a series of children’s workshops on the collection at Swedenborg House. 

Sally’s children’s workshops are the first of their kind at Swedenborg House! More details to follow shortly! 

Sally is an author and illustrator who is famous for her 'Draw It!' children’s series and 'The Comic Strip History of Space' both published by Bloomsbury. Sally runs drawing workshops for adults and children, she has done work for CBBC’s 'Life Bubble' and she has written for the Independent as a travel writer. 

For more information on Sally have look on her website and her blog

A Descriptive Bibliography of the Works of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) Volume 1 By Norman Ryder

Following its long tradition of groundbreaking reference works, the Swedenborg Society is proud to re-present volume one of Norman Ryder's multi-volume Bibliography.

Now back in stock available online and instore!

This monumental work is one of the most helpful and thoughtful research tools to be published by any Swedenborgian publisher at any time, and as a work of scholarship it is comparable to Pott’s six-volume Concordance and John Chadwick/Jonathan Rose’s masterful A Lexicon to the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. It contains snippets of delightful information on all of Swedenborg’s works, with biographical and textual asides, but more importantly, for the scholar, librarian, editor or researcher, it also offers a complete picture of Swedenborg’s output as a body of work. Once purchased this book will be an indispensable addition to any library, whether professional or private.

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).

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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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