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Lecture:Caught On Camera at National Science and Media Museum

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Lecture, Thu 27 Jan 2022

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

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National Science and Media Museum

Address

Bradford,
West Yorkshire,
BD1 1NQ

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Details

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: REFLECTIONS ON WILLIAM HOPE AND THE CREWE CIRCLE SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHS
Dr Efram Sera-Shriar

During the opening decades of the 20th century, William Hope was a well-respected medium among the spiritualist community in Britain, with positive endorsements from major scientific figures such as the chemist William Crookes and the author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle. He was often seen as one of the few mediums to be able to produce authentic spirit photographs.

However, all that changed in late February 1922 when a team of investigators led by the famous British psychical researcher Harry Price claimed to have caught Hope cheating during one of his sittings and discovered that he was swapping blank photographic plates with ones containing existing images that appeared to be depictions of spirit entities. Hope was publicly exposed as a fraud, and what ensued was a major debate between believers and sceptics over the legitimacy of the medium’s alleged spirit photography.

Using surviving materials from the Senate House Library and Science Museum Group collections, including photographs, private correspondence, published sources and camera technologies, this talk will explore this story, and reflect on what makes for trustworthy evidence in investigations of extraordinary phenomena.

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 27 Jan 2022 18:30 to 20:00

Directions

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Map reference: SE 161327  Lat: 53.79091 Long: -1.75609

By Road:
One mile from end of M606.

By Public Transport:
Come out of Bradford Interchange, turn left at The BradfordHotel, follow signs to museum. The museum is a five minute walk from the Interchange.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Bradford Interchange station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality