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Our History

When the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre first opened its doors on the 23rd of October 2011, it did so with the intention of making spirituality accessible to all. Now, over a decade later, The Centre has developed into a well established a space for the community to nurture their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Our Mission

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an impassioned spiritualist and spent much of his later years dedicating himself to sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. Here at the Centre, we believe that spirituality should be accessible to everyone. Through our connection with the Edinburgh Association of Spiritualists and our devotion to curating a well-rounded and interesting programme of events each year, we have been able to create a community of curious minds looking to expand their perspectives.

Our Founder

Ann Treherne is the Founder and previous Chair of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in Edinburgh. Her hands-on, dedicated approach is responsible for its current success and reputation. She has written two books that tell the full story of how we came to be in fascinating detail.

Arthur and Me (2020)

Arthur & Me meticulously documents six years of spiritual communication with elusive entities, one of whom gradually became recognisable as Arthur Conan Doyle. Discover why Ann abandoned a more materialistic life to pursue metaphysical investigation. Follow her on her extraordinary journey driven by premonitions and mysterious messages from another realm. You can purchase a copy here.

The Vortex (2023)

Whilst Arthur and Me tells the story of how she found the building that would become the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, and how none other than the great man himself led her to it, The Vortex tells of all the strange phenomena encountered in that building over a 10 year period and gives testimony from many others who have also witnessed these strange happenings. You can purchase a copy here.

Our Chairman

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.

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