Greg Marshall

Tuesday, March 13 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road

Greg Marshall

What's the talk about?

Why do people believe in ghosts? Is it peer presure? Is it self-delusion? Maybe its just inherently 'cool' to do so! This talk will explore the reasons people believe in ghosts, starting with an autobiographal exploration of the speakers school days with accompanying anecdotes, before zooming back a century or so to the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Were those of the late 19th and early 20th centuries genuine believers or dedicated followers of current trends? Was a spirit the privilege of the upper classes? The talk will question the reasons behind the sudden boom in interest of all things supernatural, the forming of The Society for Psychical Research, the curious and often amusing attitudes of professionals of the time and may even go some way to explaining peoples genuine belief that they have 'seen a ghost'!

Greg Marshall works for Brighton & Hove City Council as a Museum Teacher, working around five museums teaching a wide variety of subjects from ancient egyptian mummification to adaptation and survival in nature. He belongs to and has spoken on numerous ocassions for Brighton & Hove Humanist Society and has had articles and letters published in various publications including The New Scientist and The Freethinker. He also writes a quarterly magazine for British Mensa.

Advance tickets are available @ £2 + 50p P&P from the venue's website and include a voucher for £2 off any main meal in the pub on the day of the event.