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The team at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre Edinburgh

About Us

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Our History, Mission, Values and Staff


A Space For You

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre first opened on the 23rd of October 2011. We are a non-profit charity with a mission to make spirituality accessible to everyone. We achieve this by providing a space for the community to nurture their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, the Centre is accommodated in the splendid surroundings of an elegant Victorian town house. We offer a variety of experiences in the form of workshops, classes, talks, therapies and private sittings. Recently we have been delivering a programme of online events which have attracted people from all around the world.

You can also hire our spaces for meetings and events. Call us on 0131 625 0700 or email us at if you want to find out more.

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre is operated by The Palmerston Trust; a Registered Charity in Scotland (SC042492).

If you would like to support our Centre with a donation you can do so online. Please use this link.


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The History Of Our Building

In 1881 our building was constructed for the brewer, politician and philanthropist William McEwan. Today, it is a Spiritual centre which provides space for spiritual discovery. Watch the video above for a complete introduction to our fascinating history and find out why we are named after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Our People

Ann Treherne the Chair of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

About Ann Treherne

Founder of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Ann Treherne is the founder of the centre. Her hands-on, dedicated approach is responsible for its current success and reputation. She has written a book which tells the full story of how we came to be in fascinating detail.


Professor Lance Butler Chairman of the SIr Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in Edinburgh

About Lance Butler

Chair of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Lance Butler took over as Chairman from Ann Treherne, the founder of the Centre, at the beginning of 2021. He was a Trustee of our parent body, the Palmerston Trust, for two years and sees his new role as keeping the Centre going in these difficult times and expanding its intellectual and spiritual reach in Edinburgh and around the world.


Shereen Elder Centre Manager

About Shereen Elder

Centre Manager

Shereen Elder has been helping the Centre flourish for almost five years. She coordinates our people and ensures that we stay on track to acheive our vision and goals.


Pauline Morgan Acting centre manager at the sir arthur conan doyle centre

About Pauline Morgan

Development Manager

Pauline Morgan is responsible for various projects that aim to develop the Centre’s offerings. For example, she rejuvenated the garden space and is responsible for the creation of our new Palmerston Podcast Studios.


Natalie Kelly Events Coordinator at The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

About Natalie Kelly

Events Coordinator

Natalie Kelly has been with the centre for more than three years. She is responsible for the formidable task of putting together our varied programme of spiritual experiences. She is always working hard to make sure the centre offers what people need at an accessible price.


Scott Canevy Marketing Coordinator at The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

About Scott Canevy

Marketing Coordinator

Scott Canevy is responsible for sharing what we do with the world. He writes our weekly emails, designs our graphics, develops our website and runs our social media.


Kat Wojdyla

About Kat Wojdyla

General Assistant

Kat is a woman of many talents. As well as handling the adminstrative work of the Centre she also commits her time generously to various creative projects.

About Billy Spicer

Building Caretaker

Billy Spicer keeps our building in working order and looking beautiful. He takes pride in his work and it shows. Everything he does contributes to creating a space with welcoming, comforting energy.