The University of Northampton, Exceptional Experiences and Consciousness Studies (EECS) archives

The University of Northampton, Exceptional Experiences and Consciousness Studies (EECS) archives


Name of institution: The University of Northampton, Exceptional Experiences and Consciousness Studies (EECS) archives
Mailing address: University Drive
City: Northampton
Country: United Kingdom
Email address:

Your collections page relating to parapsychology holdings:


Description of your institution:

Exceptional Experiences and Consciousness Studies (EECS) is a research group based within the Faculty of Health, Education and Society. EECS is an interest group for the psychology division, with key research focuses on: parapsychology, transpersonal psychology, consciousness studies, cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Its members range from full-time staff (lecturers and researchers), to post-graduate researchers (PhD/MPhil), and also Master’s students and research assistants.

Description of how and when your institution started acquiring archival, library or artifact collections relating to parapsychology:

Around 2015, Dr Callum Cooper and Dr David Saunders acquired a donation from the second-hand book company Aucott and Thomas (Leicester, UK). They visited the warehouse to collect a number of items of interest to psychical research and parapsychology. The formats range from hand-written documents and letters to journals and newsletters, photographs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes and reel-to-reel tape. There are a variety of topics included within this archive including unpublished poltergeist case reports, interviews with percipients to spontaneous phenomena, accounts of alleged psychic healing, plus Society for Psychical Research (SPR) and Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) lectures.

Your main collections in the field, including the names of prominent creators:

No specific prominent figures/names.
The collection is comprised of previous collections, from both ASSAP and the Oxford University Society for Psychical Research (as it was).

Finding aids for your main parapsychology collections:


Any relevant external websites of prominent creators of your holdings:


Published works created using your parapsychology collections, including books, plays, artwork, both non-fiction and fiction:

Cooper, C.E., & Saunders, D.T. Hidden gems: Lessons learned and benefits gained from the preservation and proliferation of historical documents. Presented to the Society for Psychical Research’s 70th study day, 24 October 2015, St Mary Abbott’s Centre, London.

Saunders, D.T., Evenden, R.E., & Cooper, C.E. Establishing the CSAPP archives and survival case collections from the Eileen J. Garrett library. Paper presented at the joint 58th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention and 39th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, University of Greenwich, UK, 2015.

Cooper, C.E., & Saunders, D.T. Establishing the archive of the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes. Paranormal Review, 72 (2014), 12-13.

Cooper, C.E. Archival work in parapsychology at the University of Northampton. Paranormal Review, 89 (2019), 26.


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