A Recognised Religion

Spiritualism (with a capital S) is a recognised religion in the UK, with some 39,000 people identifying themselves as Spiritualist in the 2011 Census. 

Although the numbers remain small, those choosing to register themselves as Spiritualist showed an increase of about 21% from the 2001 Census.

Of course, there are thousands more active Spiritualists, who attend Spiritualist churches on a regular basis, and the recent pandemic has lead to a surge in interest as people sought comfort and hope during that difficult time.

Spiritualism is different from the the world’s major and minor religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam etc) because it’s recent, it doesn’t have a global presence, it doesn’t have a body of theology.  

However it is a new religious movement with rituals, doctrinal components, a belief in a transcendent realm, and it has an experiential dimension, elements that many other religions also have.


Spiritualist Churches
The first Spiritualist church in the UK opened in 1853 in Keighley, Yorkshire.. As well as having dedicated buildings, early Spiritualist groups met in school halls, working men’s clubs and medium’s own houses.  
Today the Spiritualists’ National Union has about 350 registered Spiritualist churches and centres throughout the UK, as well a large number of independent Spiritualist churches, like Lewisham.
The Seven Principles Of Spiritualism

The Seven Principles form the basis of modern Spiritualism, and help Spiritualists combine their spiritual and human journeys. 

They were first recorded in 1871 at a seance attended by Emma Hardinge and her mother, when the spirit of Robert Owen communicated that he wished to give a set of Spiritual Commandments through Emma, which were transcribed by Robert Owen’s son, Robert Dale Owen. 

These Spiritual Commandments formally became accepted as the Seven Principles of Spiritualism in 1887. Read more about Emma Hardinge Britten here.



An introduction to some of the basic principles of mediumship.

Mediumship Explained

Understanding a message from the Spirit Realm.

An original article from Bournemouth Spiritualist Church

Spiritual Healing

A form of mediumship, many Spiritualists are also able to offer Spiritual Healing.

Spiritual Healing is best defined as a form of healing using the forces and energies of the world of Spirit, channelled through a trained healer.


Spirit Communication

Many people who have sat in the congregation at churches or audiences at centres or theatres, witnessing a demonstration given by a medium, will have wondered how the medium communicates with those from the spirit world. 

An original article from The Spiritualist


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The creator of Sherlock Holmes, doctor, botanist, sportsman and Spiritualist.

How a sceptic became the St Paul Of Spiritualism.

Spiritualist Art

Spiritualist art or spirit art or mediumistic art or psychic painting is a form of art, mainly painting, influenced by spiritualism.

Famous spirtuali(ist) artists include Georgiana Houghton, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Malevich and Kupka