Our History, Mission 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.
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.
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.
About Laura Raveggi
Laura is the newest addition to the centre. She coordinates our people, our venue and ensures that we stay on track to achieve our vision and goals.
About Timothea Armour
Timothea works to organise events at the centre, coordinating with tutors and teachers to make sure each one is a success.
About Katie Cunningham
Katie Cunningham is responsible for sharing what we do with the world. She writes our weekly emails, designs our graphics, develops our website and runs our social media.
About Ilaria Patrizii Bernardi
General Assistant and Evening Receptionist
Ilaria, our evening receptionist and General Assistant takes pride in creating a pleasant atmosphere in our already welcoming building. Find her at the front desk, or in her little nook under the stairs.
About Billy Spicer
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.