The National Lab. of
Psychical Research & The University of London Council for Psychical
Writing in his autobiography Search for Truth in 1942, Harry Price declared that the creation of a laboratory where mediums and psychics could be scientifically tested was a dream which he had entertained for many years. The National Laboratory of Psychical Research was the realisation of this ambition and through this and the University of London Council for Psychical Investigation which it later became, Price made his contribution to psychical research in England from 1923 right up until the outbreak of war in October 1939. This period saw his most famous and notorious investigations including Eleonore Zugun, Rudi Schneider, Helen Duncan, the Brocken Experiment and Borley Rectory, all of which were carried out in his capacity as Honorary Director of the organisation which he had created and financed personally.
In this section of the website you will find articles and essays which cover all aspects of the National Laboratory of Psychical Research, from its beginnings at the first series of sittings with the medium Stella C in 1923, the opening of the first Laboratory premises at Queensbury Place in January 1926, through to the reorganisations of the 1930s which culminated in the final phase of Price's laboratory as the University of London Council for Psychical Investigation. As with other sections of the website, articles and papers by Harry Price and his contemporaries are included alongside modern essays and writings. Click on the titles to access the articles.
A Model Psychic Laboratory by Harry Price (1926) A short paper reproduced from the British Journal of Psychical Research (Vol.1, No.1, May-June, 1926), in which Price describes the arrangement of his newly opened National Laboratory.
Psychical Research by Harry Price (1936) Transcription of the 10 minute talking film Harry Price scripted for the Movietone News which shows him demonstrating various pieces of apparatus at the University of London Council for Psychical Investigations laboratory at 13 Roland Gardens, South Kensington.
Harry Price's "Telepatha" Cards (1939) An extract from Price's Fifty Years of Psychical Research which describes the background to his own set of E.S.P. cards.
Research Library Rules of the National Laboratory (1929) Reproduced from Part II of the Proceedings, these are Price's guidelines for the use of his collection of books on magic and the occult.
On Wednesday 18th October 1933, the National Laboratory of Psychical Research held a dinner in honour of René Sudre, the French psychical researcher. This is Sudre's menu for the evening.
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