Spiritualist Association of Great Britain
One of the oldest and largest Spiritualist associations. It
grew out of the Marylebone Spiritualist Association founded
in 1872. The story of the association’s early struggles ‘‘to propagate
spiritual truths in the Marylebone area of London’’ has
been told in an SAGB publication One Hundred Years of Spiritualism,
which also states that Queen Victoria held several séances
after the death of the Prince Consort.
Even the term ‘‘Spiritualist’’ led to many difficulties in the
early days of the association, which had to change its name to
The Spiritual Evidence Society in order to hire halls. Widespread
opposition to Spiritualism was also encouraged by the
Witchcraft Act of 1735, which was frequently invoked for police
prosecution of mediums.
Four years after the repeal of the Witchcraft Act in 1951, the
SAGB moved to its present headquarters where it now provides
lectures, demonstrations of clairvoyance, healing clinics, Sunday
services, a library, a bookstall, and other facilities for the
study and practice of Spiritualism. It also links together ‘‘a commonwealth’’
of Spiritualist churches throughout Britain.
Among the prominent mediums associated with the group
were Ursula Roberts and healer Gordon Turner.
Membership of the association is open to interested members
of the public, who are put in touch with their local Spiritualist
church. Members may also attend psychic development
classes or book sittings with approved mediums. The association
publishes a magazine, The Spiritualist and Spiritual Gazette.
Address 33 Belgrave Sq., London, SW1X 8QL England.
Edmunds, Simeon. Spiritualism A Critical Survey. London
Aquarian Press, 1966.