It may surprise you to know that the the famous Society for Psychical Research, founded in 1882 by some of the great minds of that age, still exists, and it has a website. I came across this nice list of guidlines for paranormal investigations in Dr Leo Ruickbie's recent book 'A brief guide to ghost hunting', which he sourced from the SPR:
INVESTIGATION GUIDELINES from the SPR:
1. Do not go by yourself.
2. Keep your relations with the experients/witnesses as brief and relaxed as possible.
3. keep an open mind.
4. be tactful, or even reticent, in expressing your views.
5. Do not play the amateur psychiatrist.
6. Respect the confidentiality of the case.
7. Take particular care where children are involved.
8. Avoid publicity.
9. Learn from one's mistakes.
This seems to me like an excellent list of guidelines, given more impact (for me) by the knowledge that I have sometimes gone against some of this advice.
I also recently purchased and read Dr Ruickbie's book (Book Depository link above) and also his 'A brief guide to the supernatural'. Both books are excellent reading, highly informative, and will make excellent reference sources if I ever manage to travel to the UK again.
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James Gilberd is an amateur paranormalist, writer and musician, and a professional photographer, living in Wellington, New Zealand.