Swedenborg House has often been compared to the magical realm of the fancy-dress shop shop visited by Mr Benn, and similarities might also be placed with Swedenborg himself. A respectable man is transported into worlds beyond his own, a miraculous but concrete transformation, giving expression to the multiple possibilities that lie within the real. Both Swedenborg and Mr Benn have since become a great source of inspiration for artists and writers.
This year Mr Benn turns 50, and to mark the event, the Swedenborg Society has organised a Q&A with its creator David McKee (and the Society's Museum Director Stephen McNeilly). This is to be followed by a screening of all thirteen episodes of Mr Benn. The Q&A will take place in the Society’s grade II listed Hall, and is also organized in association with the Illustration Cupboard Gallery in St James. An exhibition of drawings by David McKee is being shown from Saturday 16 August to Saturday 16 September.