The idea for the Mysterious Britain web site sprang from a life long interest and investigation in the outlined subjects by the authors Danny J Parkinson and Ian Topham. Ian is an experienced paranormal investigator affiliated to ASSAP and Danny is a web designer and an investigator into the paranormal and earth mysteries.
Ian has been actively investigating the paranormal for over 25 years, most of which has been in association with ASSAP, in particular what emerged and became known as the Northern Group of which he was a founding member.
Ian’s key areas of research, interest and experience are within the scientific investigation of haunting phenomena (e.g. apparitions / poltergeists). He also has experience in researching individual claims of the paranormal such as psychic ability, clairvoyance and mediumship. His perspective is one more from the point of view of the nature of the experience (what form they take / images / feelings, etc) and what this may tell us about such experiences, both psychologically and possibly parapsychologically.
He has been involved in a number of studies that attempt to test for such claims in the field environment and has aided in the design and implementation of such studies. He has also worked with a number of other regional groups across the country as an active member of their ongoing projects. He is also a fully accredited ASSAP researcher and has previously served on their executive committee as Chairman, Vice Chair, Membership Officer and Heritage Officer. He has an avid interest in folklore and the occult and how these areas can influence the nature of strange experiences for people involved in these areas.
Current area of residence: Carlisle, North Cumbria, England.
Danny J Parkinson
Danny has been actively involved with investigating the paranormal for over 20 years; originally with ASSAP and the Northern Group in its early period, then independently.
His key areas of research are folklore, local legends, mythology and urban legends. He has been involved in researching the folklore and legends of local ancient sites, and believes that knowledge of folklore, legends and archaeology can enrich ones perspective of the landscape.
He has been involved in a number of ongoing projects and cases involving alleged paranormal events.
Current area of residence: North Ayrshire – Scotland.
We are dedicated to furthering knowledge in local landscape mysteries, folklore, myths and legends. The main aims of the web site are as follows:
To provide a growing resource for Britain’s myths, legends, mysterious phenomena, ‘sacred’ sites and strange events.
To create a network of people interested in similar topics.
To stimulate interest in folklore and legend and its connection to the landscape.
Mysterious Britain Design Team:
Alison Topham & Ian Topham.
List of Contributors:
Danny Parkinson: Founder, HTML website Development, research, drawn images, articles, photos where credited.
Ian Topham: Founder, Word Press website develpoment, articles, research, fieldwork, adverts and photos where credited.
Alison Topham: Photographs where credited, Word Press website development, research.
Neil Boothman: Drupal Web/Wordpress development/design, articles, photographs where credited.
Andy Paciorek: Original Artwork. Andy is a graphic artist, drawn mainly to the worlds of myth, folklore and otherworldly experience. Please visit his website at http://www.batcow.co.uk/strangelands/.
Lee and Michaela Waterhouse: Research and photographs from some original field trips where credited. Based in Northwest England. Major thanks to Lee for his extended beta-testing sessions.
Simon Topham: Writing most of the Welsh articles and proofreading the site.
David Plant, Andrew Homer, Paul A McHugh, Adriana Aguirre-Santos, Michael Heads, Stephen Graham, Ian Dennis, Charles Walker, Melanie Warren, Dan Green, M.C, Carolyn Emerick, David Taylor, Andrew Tibbs, Graeme Walla, Jeremy Taylor, Mike Heffernan, Richard Freeman (Centre for Fortean Zoology), Roy Brown, Alison Brierley
Mark Head, Colin Boothman, Louisa Dewar, Andrew Homer, Colin Boulter (Neilson Reeves Photography), Gordon Wright & Donna Wright, Simon Topham, Tim Birch, Malcolm Pagan, Sarah Garraway, Gavin Mills, B Cleary, Paige Foster, Kathryn Radmall, Cynthia Berridge, Marek Bernat, Lloyd Carr, Steve Ford Elliot, Patrick Swan, Jon Stout, Mira Pavlakovic, Jitka Saniova / Dreamstime.com, Valery Sibrikov / Dreamstime.com, Dermot Byrne, Michael Liddell, Martin Fullalove, Gemma Haller, Sharon Heeley, Greg Saldhana
Ben Hudson, Dave Maltby, Neil Boothman, Danny Parkinson.