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03 Oct 2016, 11:21

The new “Pioneer” electronic journal is compiled and edited by Paul J. Gaunt, editor of the Psypioneer Journal and curator of the Britten Memorial Museum, which is housed in the Arthur Findlay College, Stansted Hall.

This new history journal will be presented much along the lines of Psypioneer, using original researched material wherever possible. Articles and quotes are taken from original sources as they were published at the time.

The journal will primarily cover the history of the Spiritualists’ National Union and its pioneers. This will be especially beneficial to the educational side of the SNU and to those who wish to become more acquainted with its long history and its workers.




July 1924 – December 1932
The first official journal of the
Spiritualists’ National Union

Pioneer enquiries email:
Paul J. Gaunt: pioneer@snu.org.uk

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03 Nov 2016, 14:54

Volume I, No.I - August 2013

003 – The First SNU Journal
005 – Mrs. Jessy Greenwood, J.P. – The National Spiritualist
006 – Mr. Robert A. Owen –The National Spiritualist
007 – Mr. Ernest Allan Keeling, A.N.S.C – The National Spiritualist
009 – Mr. John B. McIndoe – The National Spiritualist
010 – The Testimony of a Glasgow Investigator – The National Spiritualist
011 – Glasgow Society for Psychical Research –Light
011 – John Sloan – James Arthur Findlay
013 – The Laying of the Oldham Spiritual Temple Corner Stones
014 – Oldham Society of Spiritualists
014 – Opening of the New Spiritual Temple, Oldham – Medium and Daybreak
015 – Oldham Spiritualists – Foundation Stone Laying – Oldham Standard
016 – Spiritual Temple, Union Street, Oldham – Medium and Daybreak
017 – The First Marriage at the Spiritual Temple – Oldham Evening Chronicle
018 – Discordant Oldham Spiritualists – Oldham Standard
021 – The Formation of the Spiritualists’ National Union
023 – Spiritualists’ National Union – Two Worlds
026 – Spiritualism in Great Britain – James J. Morse


•  Volume 1, No.2 - January 2014

036 – The J. Arthur Findlay College, for the Advancement of Psychic Science – The early years
050 – Ernest Walter Oaten ( 1875-1952) – His contribution to Spiritualism was long and notable, giving almost 60 years’ service

052 – The History of The Two Worlds
053 – Twenty-one Years – Oaten tells us how through Spirit Guidance his position as Editor was orchestrated by the spirit of Emma Hardinge Britten

056 – Who were the first Ministers of the Union?
062 – New Presidents Page


•  Volume 1, No.3 - April 2014

065 – SNU Wartime problems & Spiritualism’s Contribution to the war effort:
          • Spiritualist Literature at the Front – The S.N.U. Send 7,000 Pamphlets
          • The S.N.U. Parliamentary Fund (Witchcraft Acts amendment)
          • The Story of the Motor Ambulances – A Landmark in the History of Our Cause
078 – Badges, Symbols, and Emblems of the Spiritualists’ National Union
092 – Robert Owen – Spiritualism & Andrew Jackson Davis
098 – Some Healing History
099 – Healing within the Spiritualists’ National Union
102 – New Presidents Page


•  Volume 1, No.4 - July 2014

104 – How many Principles made up Emma’s  “Creed of the Spirits”?
119 – Knowing our pioneers: – Mrs Minnie Harriet Wallis
122 – Richmond & Weatherhead – An account of the introduction of Spiritualism at Keighley
130 – Continued from the last issue of Pioneer: Spiritual Healing – The Work of the Bournemouth Church - John McIndoe


•  Volume 1, No.5 - October 2014

140 – William (Billy) Parish
151 – Estelle Roberts and the House of Red Cloud
155 – General Secretaries of the SNU
164 – National Secretaries
165 – Harold Sharp Symbolic Drawings – Auragraphs
169 – Helen Duncan – Trance Mediumship
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•  Volume 2, No.1 - January 2015

002 – The Effect of the Vagrancy Act – The Work of the Spiritualists’ National Union
012 – Artist who draws “Spirit” pictures – A rare form of mediumship – Horace Leaf, F.R.G.S.
016 – When did Modern Spiritualism begin? 1848?
024 – What took place at Hydesville?
026 – “Remembering our old workers” – Mrs. Mary A. Stair & Miss M. L. Stair


•  Volume 2, No.2 - March 2015

033 – Were the S.N.U. Seven Principles changed?
041 - South Wales D. C. – Barry Spiritualist Church & Centre – Hydesville Day
042 - “Remembering our old workers” – Spiritualism in Blackburn
046 - Mr. Tom Tyrrell
051 - The Effect of the Vagrancy Act (Part II) – The Work of the Spiritualists’ National Union


•  Volume 2, No.3 - May 2015

063 – Arthur Findlay: His Life and Work – Ernest Thompson
068 – Arthur Findlay at the Albert Hall
071 – “Remembering our old workers” – Albert Fruin 1888-1969
074 – Helen Duncan & John McIndoe – A Scots Materialising Medium
078 – Book review: The Spirit Artist – Alan Stuttle
080 – 2015 marks the Centenary Anniversary of the passing of two of the founding officers of the S.N.U.
086 – Helen Hughes: Profile – The Two Worlds 1955
089 – Helen Hughes at Sheffield – The Two Worlds 1941


•  Volume 2, No.4 - July 2015

093 – Epic scenes for the signing of the Magna Carta – Stansted Hall
096 – Trance & Direct Spirit Art – David Duguid
102 – Early International Spiritualism
104 – The Mediumistic Trance
107 – The Effect of the Vagrancy Act (Part III) – The Work of the Spiritualists’ National Union

  •  Helen Duncan in Court
  •  Was Helen Removed by the British Intelligence Services?
  •  Eighth Day – Monday 3rd April 1944 – Sentences

115 – Early S.N.U Education History
124 – The Exponents Committee – George Berry
125 – The first proposed for S.N.U. Certification – “Exponents and Demonstrators”


•  Volume 2, No.5 - September 2015

129 – Why did the S.N.U. remove Helen Duncan’s diploma in 1945?
143 – Morse & Vango
146 – What we did before Stansted
146 – The fifth Spiritualists’ Summer School
154 – Wanted: A College For Mediums – Emma Hardinge Britten
155 – A Spiritualist’s College – Lorraine Haig
157 – Early images of the Arthur Findlay College


•  Volume 2, No.6 - November 2015

160 – Maurice Barbanell, the S.N.U. and his Propaganda Work
175 – Britten Memorial Research Weeks at the Arthur Findlay College
176 – Marcel Poncin – Artist Paints Medium Giving Clairvoyance
177 – Marcel Poncin, psychic artist, passes on
178 – Lady Doyle Was The Family Medium
181 – Doyle Memorial Fate?
183 – The Effect of the Vagrancy & Witchcraft Act (Part IV) – The Work of the Spiritualists’ National Union:
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•  Volume 3, No.1 - February 2016

002 – National Federation to National Union
010 – Eileen Garrett – Medium solves air disaster mystery
015 – Charles I. Quastel – SNU President 1958 - 1965 & 1968 - 1970

  • Merging with Christian Spiritualism
  • Lively SNU Annual Conference
  • Charles Quastel – Propaganda at Southsea, Portsmouth
  • Whitham Road Spiritualist Church
  • Editor’s comments on the fall in national membership:
  • Did the Union really go into decline and lose around 200 churches during the war?

026 – Britten Memorial Museum Study Weeks
027 – The Effect of the Vagrancy & Witchcraft Act (Part IV) – The Work of the Spiritualists’ National Union[/list]


•  Volume 3, No.2 - April 2016

040 – Spiritualist Healers of the Past – Isa Northage
046 – Ernest Thompson
047 – Charles I. Quastel
048 – Behind the scenes in Harry Edwards storm at SNU conference
050 – SNU is still losing Churches and Members
051 – Profile of new SNU President – He Made His Name as a Rebel
053 – “No World War” predictions
054 – Estelle Roberts says – “Let the People Judge”
055 – Prophecies – SNU President Frank Blake
057 – Houdini & Conan Doyle – Story of Strange Friendship and an Historic Quarrel
062 – Britten Memorial Study Weeks at the Arthur Findlay College
063 – The Effect of the Vagrancy & Witchcraft Act (Final Part VI) – The Work of the Spiritualists’ National Union


•  Volume 3, No.3 - June 2016

082 – John Lamont – Our first President
086 – The Passing of John Lamont – Two Worlds
088 – The College of Psychic Studies – Some background information
089 – Visit to the College of Psychic Studies – Paul J. Gaunt
092 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – “100 Years Anniversary of his Acceptance of Spiritualism”
094 – Psychic editor goes into the ‘witness box’ – Two Worlds
097 – Looking at the Independent Direct Voice – Editor
098 – Behind the scenes at Estelle Roberts’ Voice Seances – Psychic News
106 – Britten Memorial Study Weeks at the Arthur Findlay College
107 – John Macintosh Stewart

  • First Croydon Spiritualist Society
  • First Croydon National Spiritualist Church
  • The benefits of Union affiliation!
  • Pioneer retires from active service – Farewell to John Stewart



•  Volume 3, No.4 - August 2016

117 – Britten Memorial Museum & Library – enters into its original purpose
119 – The Story of the Britten Memorial – 1899-1933 – The Two Worlds
121 – The “Two Worlds” and the Spiritualists’ National Union – “Again Unite!”
125 – What Spiritualism is and what it is not – Emma Hardinge Britten
127 – September 17th 2016 marks the Golden Anniversary of the Official Opening of Stansted Hall –
           “May this house flourish”

130 – Helen Duncan séance during her 1944 Trial – New séance evidence!
135 – College of Psychic Studies President: Stephen Chapman – Spiritualists’ National Union President: David Bruton


  • - meet for the first time at Stansted Hall

142 – Britten Memorial Study Weeks at the Arthur Findlay College
143 – Spiritualist Healers of the Past: J. J. Thomas passes on – The Two Worlds
145 – Mass-selling weekly features spirit healing by J. J. Thomas – The Two Worlds


Volume 3, No.5 - October 2016

150 – Robert James Lees

  • Did he really sit for Queen Victoria as a young boy?
  • Lees’ involvement with the 1888 Jack the Ripper case?

159 – So what can be concluded?
162 – Harry Dawson - Spiritualists’ National Union President 1953 – 1958

  • Profile by Philip Paul, Two Worlds

167 – The ‘President’s Farthing’
168 – 2017 Dates – Britten Memorial Study Weeks at the Arthur Findlay College
169 – Joseph Benjamin Tells: How I See The Dead – The Two Worlds
172 – Bertha Harris Tells: How I See The Dead – The Two Worlds
174 – Spiritualist Healers of the Past – Frederick Joseph Jones

  • Healing Circle in Stansted – Recalls Arthur Findlay
  • The Torch of Knowledge – Arthur Findlay

180 – Andrew Jackson Davis: “Where is the Spirit World” - We are in it!


•  Volume 3, No.6 - December 2016

184 – James Johnson Morse & Emma Hardinge Britten – Return to spend an evening at Stansted Hall
186 – The Morse collection of glass magic lantern slides – Lyceum movement
190 – The Morse collection of glass magic lantern slides – SNU Presidents – Frank Hepworth
196 – 2017 Dates – Britten Memorial Study Weeks at the Arthur Findlay College
197 – Maurice Barbanell – My greatest journalistic “Scoop”
199 – Madam Victoria Duncan – The People's Journal
202 – Robert James Lees – continued and concluded
206 – The Etheric Body:

  • James Arthur Findlay
  • Helen Alexandria Dallas
  • Sir Oliver Lodge

212 – Spiritualist Healers of the Past – George William Tomkins
217 – Psypioneer – Change of editorship
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Pioneer Journal - Volume 4

Post by Candlelight.kk on 21st May 2017, 20:34

Latest edition of Pioneer is now available:


•  Volume 4, No.1 - February 2017

002 –  Leon Isaacs – Pioneer of infra-red séance photography

  •  Britain’s Greatest Seance Room Photographer – Two Worlds
  •  Looking back at infra-red in Psypioneer

010 – More on our Seven Principles: 

  • Emma Hardinge Britten address to the ‘National Conference of British Spiritualists’
  • Education News - Lyceum Banner edited by George A. Mack

015 – William “Bill” Redmond – One of the most outstanding platform mediums of the twentieth century
018 – A Symposium – Why I Became a Spiritualist:

  • Sir Oliver Lodge
  • J. Arthur Findlay

020 – 2017 Dates – Britten Memorial Study Weeks at the Arthur Findlay College
021 – My First Experiences in Trances – Madame Victoria Duncan
029 – Spiritualist Healers of The Past – Gordon Alan John Turner

  • Medium in TV debate with surgeon over healers in hospitals
  • Why Does Healing Work—And Fail?

037 – Psypioneer New Website

WHY I BECAME A SPIRITUALIST
SIR OLIVER LODGE

You ask why I became a Spiritualist. It is not a title that I use for myself, because I don’t belong to any Spiritualist body, nor attend any Spiritualist Church. But if the name is intended to signify a belief in the spiritual world and in our access to it and communion with it, I may say that I was introduced to the subject in the ‘70’s’ of last century  by Mr. F. W. H. Myers, Edmund Gurney and Professor Barrett. In ‘83 or ’84 I became convinced of the reality of experimental telepathy, by verifying the direct transmission of ideas and pictures at Liverpool. And in ’89 I became practically convinced of survival and communication through experiments conducted with Mrs. Piper in my house. Since then the evidence has gone on increasing in cogency, so that the fact of possible communication became a scientific certainty early in the present century. I have expressed this in several books, and am glad to think that they have been a help to people in distress. The knowledge was a great help to me and my family in the war-time, when Raymond was killed.
OLIVER LODGE
9 February, 1935

MR. J. ARTHUR FINDLAY
Spiritualism to me stands for the knowledge I have obtained in the Séance Room that mind, life and substance exist beyond the range of our physical sight and touch. Before one obtains this direct evidence the natural conclusion is that only what we hear and see exists in the universe.  Spiritualism, therefore, stands for an addition to our knowledge of the universe and in no way upsets or contradicts the knowledge so far acquired by physical science.

This addition to our knowledge opens out before us a wonderful vista because we can now obtain such an extended view of the universe that our philosophy undergoes a complete change. Instead of feeling that we are solely material creatures with our short lives bounded by the cradle and the grave, we have opened out before us an enlarged panorama in which we see ourselves playing a part throughout the ages. We seem to go from strength to strength, to increased heights of wisdom and understanding and what seemed to be death on earth and the end of all things, is nothing worse than a door through which we enter to a larger and fuller life. Instead of death being the end it is just one of many similar experiences we shall have to go through in our journey through the spheres until the time comes when we shall reach at-one-ment with the Infinite, where time and space cease to be and we have reached Reality. We shall have BECOME.

All this I have learned from conversations I have had with friends who have spoken to me from the next order of existence. I have therefore no need for creeds and dogmas as I have a complete philosophy without them, which to me is called Spiritualism, though the name is of little importance, what is of importance are the facts.

J. ARTHUR FINDLAY.


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To read this or any issue in full and to subscribe free, send an email to the editor,  Paul J. Gaunt, at pioneer@snu.org.uk
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Pioneer Journal: Volume 4, No. 4 - August 2017

Post by Candlelight.kk on 15th September 2017, 13:38

Latest edition now available:

•  Volume 4, No.4 - August 2017


  • 114 - The President's Badge – Robert Owen 1925-1928 – David Bruton 2010 – Robert A. Owen – “National Spiritualist” September 1929
  • 118 – Helen Duncan Seized at a Séance in 1956 – Police searching for beards, masks and a “shroud”

    • ---- Medium grabbed and searched after cabinet is torn down  *
    • ---- Police Use “Gestapo Methods” To Break Up Seance?  *
    • ---- Helen Duncan's husband to sue police for damages – She dies five weeks after they raided séance
    • ---- Editor's endnote


  • 130 – 2018 Research – Study dates now available to book
  • 131 – “Dorchagraphs” known today as “Skotographs”

    • ---- Andrew Glendinning – a pioneer of Psychic Photography
    • ---- Estelle Roberts’ “Album of Red Cloud Pictures and Script in Skotographs by Madge Donohoe”.


  • 140 – British Spiritualists’ Lyceum Union – Lyceum Archives Moved to Stansted Hall
  • 141 – Spiritualist Healers of the Past - James (Jimmy) Richards

    • ---- James Richards – Appointed SNU Minister


  • 148 – Leslie Price has decided he will not continue to publish Psypioneer


The Pioneer Journal: https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal
To read this or any issue in full and to subscribe free, send an email to the editor,  Paul J. Gaunt, at pioneer@snu.org.uk


*  Typical of the sentiments expressed in letters and telephone calls received was the following:
Shocking methods
I WAS so shocked by the inhuman treatment meted out to Helen Duncan by the Nottingham police that I feel the matter must not be allowed to rest there.
The police acted illegally, and overstepped the bounds of their duty in manhandling a woman, who is presumably innocent until proved guilty. They also apparently accused her of fraud.
These shocking methods on the part of the police should rouse the whole Spiritualist world to action.
If illegal and brutal methods such as these are to be tolerated there will slowly be no freedom in anything.
Heaven knows what will be the results on Mrs. Duncan’s health, through shock.
—J. Allen, l5 Sunderland Terrace, London, W.2.
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Latest edition now available:

•  Volume 4, No.5 - October 2017

150 – British Spiritualists’ Lyceum Union – Lyceum Archives moved to Stansted Hall
154 – Spirit Photography – Alfred Kitson
157 – The Case for Spirit Photography – Arthur Conan Doyle

           - The Crewe Circle
159 – “The Case for Spirit Photography” now re published
160 – Unknown image of possible trumpet phenomena
161 – Letter from Harry Houdini to Dr W. J. Crawford
162 – Dr. W. J. Crawford & the Goligher Circle
165 – Ectoplasm Photographed – John McIndoe
167 – Editor's endnote
170 – 2018 Research – Study dates now available to book
171 – Spiritualist Healers of the Past – Frederick Joseph Jones – Revisited
174 – Early Spiritualist Sunday Services

           - Sunday services in Spiritualism – 1877

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Pioneer Journal: Volume 4, No.6 - December 2017

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Latest edition now available

•  Volume 4, No.6 - December 2017

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The Pioneer (bi-monthly) is now part of the recommended reading for the Spiritualists’ National Union’s education courses.

This history journal is presented using original researched material wherever possible. Articles and quotes are taken from original sources as they were published at the time and reproduced by optical character recognition (OCR), the conversion of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. This means that grammar, old English, spelling mistakes, etc. are not usually changed. However, long paragraphs are sometimes split for easier reading; any errors or explanations needed are noted in footnotes.

Special thanks to Leslie Price and Charles Coulston for their work in sub-editing this issue

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  • 181 – The “Old Bailey” comes to Stansted Hall: – A spectacular re-enactment of the events of the 1944 trial, which would bring about the imprisonment of Helen Duncan

  • 192 – An extraordinary secret was held in the Spiritualist movement for over three decades: who is Silver Birch’s medium?

  • 197 – 2018 Research – Study dates now available to book

  • 198 – Arthur Findlay College “Christmas Week” – Murder Mystery

  • 201 – Spiritualist Healers of the Past – Leah Doctors When Doctors Fail – Philip Paul

  • 203 – Early Spiritualist Sunday Services – continued… An Ideal Religious Service for Spiritualists and Inquirers – E. W. Wallis, 1895



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Pioneer Journal: Volume 5, No. 1 - February 2018

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Volume 5, No.1 - February 2018



•  002 – New Year Greetings from our President–January 1928 SNU President Robert Owen’s
                New Year’s Message

•  005 – When Spiritualists Refused the B.B.C.–How Conan Doyle Declined to Broadcast–
                - Ernest W. Oaten

•  008 – Sir Oliver Lodge B.B.C. Broadcast
                - Sir Oliver Lodge’s Message to Humanity–The Two Worlds

•  012 – Leonora E. Piper: Medium Who Convinced Sir Oliver Lodge –Dr. Nandor Fodor

•  016 – Uncertainty on the Foundation of Our Seven Principles Is Far from Recent–
                - National Spiritualist

•  019 – Ernest Walter Oaten - Telepathic Experiments
                - Transfiguration
                - Mrs. Caroline Groom

•  027 – 2018 Research – Study dates now available to book

•  028 – Pioneer starts its fifth volume

•  029 – Spiritualist Healers of the Past– Winifred Victoria Durrant

•  032 – First Public Developing Circles –
                - Robert Cogman
                - Mrs. Mary Main



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