Programme

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Full Day Programme
19 Jul 2015

Welcome to Upstairs at the Gatehouse

John Plews, owner of Upstairs at the Gatehouse, has offered to give a brief overview of his theatre's haunted history, including the often felt presence of the resident ghost, Mother Marnes. Thanks to our great host!
John Plews (c) Ham and High
John Plews

Keynote Remarks

Symposium compère Paul Adams, and David Farrant, President of the British Psychic & Occult Society and long term investigator of unexplained phenomena in and around Highgate, welcome attendees to the Highgate Vampire Symposium 2015.
Paul Adams
Paul Adams
David Farrant (c) Emma Dark 2014
David Farrant

Haunted Highgate : A Paranormal Chronology

Starting way back at the very beginning of the rumours and recorded sightings, Highgate 'vampire' afficionado Redmond will be sharing his research with the audience, providing a vital overview of alleged phenomena around Highgate Cemetery and Swains Lane.
Redmond McWilliams
Redmond McWilliams
13:40 - 13:50

First break

Highgate and the Occult

Join four occult experts as they explore the relationship between certain forms of magical practice, the rise in popularity of the Occult in 1960s London, and the increase in sightings of an apparently malevolent entity in and around Highgate Cemetery 45 years ago this year.
Fox the Rebel Highgate Vampire Symposium
Fox The Rebel
David Farrant (c) Emma Dark 2014
David Farrant
Charles Walker (c) 20mm Productions
Charles Walker
Geraldine Beskin
15:05 - 15:-50

Late Lunch Break

The Vampire Theory

During this session we will be discussing the origins of Highgate's vampire mythos, and asking: does the theory that the Swain's Lane 'ghost' is really a 'vampire' have any substance?
Paul Adams
Paul Adams
David Farrant (c) Emma Dark 2014
David Farrant
Dr Jacqueline Simpson © Robert Flach
Dr. Jacqueline Simpson
Jon Kaneko-James
Patricia Langley (c) Lorcan Maguire / Newton Photographic
Patricia Langley
17:20 - 17:30

Third Break

Why Highgate? Liminal Space, Leys & Environmental Influences

Any serious attempt to understand the nature and machinations of an as yet unexplained psychical phenomenon, such as the Swain's Lane entity, would be incomplete without an examination of the environment in which it appears to manifest. In this session we ask - why Highgate?
Sam Perrin Highgate Vampire Symposium
Sam Perrin
Carrie Kirkpatrick Highgate Vampire Symposium 2015
Carrie Kirkpatrick
Patricia Langley (c) Lorcan Maguire / Newton Photographic
Patricia Langley
18:20 - 18:30

Fourth Break

The Big Ghost Debate

Our panel of experts upon folk and ghost lore share their views upon the Highgate case, and invite witnesses and other audience members to contribute to this long overdue debate. Can we promise answers? No. But we CAN promise an incredibly stimulating discussion which you will not forget for a very long time.
Andy Mercer The Highgate Vampire Symposium
Andy Mercer
Gareth Davies founder of Mind Set Central
Gareth Davies
Paul Adams
Paul Adams
David Farrant (c) Emma Dark 2014
David Farrant
John Fraser