British College of Psychic Science

British College of Psychic Science

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Founded by James Hewat McKenzie in London in 1920, the British College of Psychic Science (BCPS) attempted to emulate the French Institut Métapsychique International in Paris. After McKenzie’s death in 1929, his wife took over the running of the college. A little over a year later she relinquished control to Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny, daughter of the Rt. Hon. Sir Astley Cooper-Key. Mrs. De Crespigny was the author of more than twenty novels and a prolific writer on metaphysical subjects. One of her novels, The Dark Sea, was about direct voice phenomena and another, The Mark, was on reincarnation.

The BCPS merged with the International Institute for Psychical Research in December, 1938, to form the Institute for Experimental Metaphysics. This organization was later replaced by the College of Psychic Studies. A quarterly journal, titled Psychic Science, was published until 1945. The aims of the college were to scientifically study mediums and mediumship and to collect evidence of survival after bodily death.


Fodor, Nandor: Encyclopedia of Psychic Science. London: Arthurs Press, 1933
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen: The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits. New York: Facts On File, 1992
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