Spiritualist Association of Great Britain One of the oldest and largest Spiritualist organizations in the world. The organization was founded in 1872 as the Marylebone Spiritualist Association, Limited, and its purpose was to study psychic phenomena and disseminate evidence obtained through mediumship and “to propagate spiritual truth in the Marylebone area of London.”
Despite the popularity of Spiritualism, there was sufficient opposition to the movement, coupled with the threat of prosecution under an outdated Witchcraft Act of 1735, that the Marylebone Spiritualist Association had difficulty obtaining halls for meetings and Séances. To counteract some of the opposition, it changed its name to the Spiritual Evidence Society.
The organization was one of the few early British Spiritualist organizations to survive, and by 1960 it had greatly expanded its scope and activities. The name of the organization was changed to the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain (SAGB).
Nearly 200,000 visitors are attracted each year to the headquarters of the SAGB in Belgrave Square, London, especially for its services in spiritual healing. The organization maintains meditation rooms, prayer rooms, a library, a chapel and a meeting hall.
The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits– Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – September 1, 2007