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ID number:  BIRRC-H0004
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  University Heritage Collection
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Photograph of Lady Lodge
Object type:  Photograph
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Small oval sepia photograph of Mary Fanny Alexander Marshall, Lady Lodge, wife of Oliver Lodge, on cream card. Both Sir Oliver Lodge and Lady Lodge became committed spiritualists following the death of their son Raymond in WWI. They recieved news of his death on 17th September 1915, and just over a week later Lady Lodge consulted the world famous medium, Gladys Osborne Leonard (1882-1968). She informed Lady Lodge that Raymond had communicated with his father and told him that he had met some of his friends. It was as a result of consultations such as this that Oliver Lodge wrote his book 'Raymond, or Life and Death'. Lady Lodge died in 1929 and both she and her husband, who died in 1940, were buried at St. Michael's Church in Wiltshire, as are their eldest son (Oliver) and daughter (Violet). This photograph was left to the University with several other objects from the Lodge estate by Ken White, friend of the family, who was given these items from Norah Lodge, the daughter of Oliver Lodge.

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