South East London Folklore Society

The South East London Folklore Society is a monthly pub meeting held on the second Thursday of every month in the upstairs room of The Old King’s Head 47-49 Borough High Street SE1 at 8pm.

July’s talk is on Thursday July 11th & is


The Mesmerist: how hypnotism came to Victorian London

Best-selling author Wendy Moore will talk about the
society doctor who held Victorian London spellbound. John
Elliotson was a highly respected Victorian physician who introduced hypnotism to London in 1837. Elliotson’s demonstrations on patients at University College Hospital
drew hundreds of awed spectators and launched a mesmerism mania which swept the country. Yet the questions raised by these spectacles – and especially about the two Okey sisters who were his prime subjects – would ruin his career.

There is a strong South East London connection: Elliotson was born and grew up in Southwark High Street (where his father had a chemist’s shop), baptised in St Saviour’s Church (now Southwark Cathedral) and trained to become a doctor at Guy’s Hospital.

The talk costs £5/3concs & is in the upstairs room of the Old King’s Head at 8pm sharp.

To ensure a place email or roll up on your night & chance your arm…