This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives, and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot.

The Magnus Institute, London, is an academic institution dedicated to researching the esoteric and paranormal. They are not - and they would like to make this clear - paranormal investigators; they are researchers dedicated to revealing knowledge of the unknown. Nevertheless, there are many mysteries about the Institute itself. It was established by Jonah Magnus in 1818, and is currently missing it's Head. The Institute is associated with the Entity known as The Eye. It is also patronized by other groups such as the Lukas Family. [1][2]


The Institute building is located in Chelsea [3] near the Thames Embankment. It is a small building, old, and pillared [4], with at least three floors [5] and the archives in the basement. [6] It has a café or canteen. [7] The Institute is connected to the tunnels that were formerly below Millbank Prison.

The Institute possesses a library of books on the supernatural, which is well organised.

The Institute also possesses a department called Artefact Storage, which houses the various strange and dangerous items collected from statement givers and other circumstances. Sasha originally worked in Artefact Storage, but she found the work unpleasant and terrifying and transferred after only three months. [8]

The Archives is a collection of statements on the supernatural taken (and researched when possible) at the Institute. It is, at present, horrendously disorganised due to the (in)action of Gertrude Robinson, the previous Head Archivist. At present, Jonathan Sims is the Head Archivist of the Magnus Institute.


Audio. Vigilo. Opperior." is the motto on the crest of the Magnus Institute, which roughly translates to "I listen. I watch. I wait."


Like many other academic organizations, the Institute has several departments. Current and former employees of the Magnus Institute are listed below by department, and further categorized by employment status when needed:



Current Archive Employees

Former Archive Employees

Other Departments

  • Rosie - Administrator
  • Sonja - Artefact Storage [17]
  • Diana - Library, "runs the place" [18]
  • Hannah - Library[19]
  • Tom - Library [20]
  • Sarah Carpenter - Former Researcher [21]
  • Fiona Law - Former Research Assistant [22]


  1. MAG 17: The Boneturner's Tale
  2. MAG 33: Boatswain's Call
  3. MAG 26: A Distortion
  4. MAG 11: Dreamer
  5. MAG 123: Web Development
  6. MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective
  7. MAG 53: Crusader
  8. MAG 39: Infestation
  9. 9.0 9.1 MAG 49: The Butchers Window
  10. MAG 120: Eye Contact
  11. 11.0 11.1 MAG 92: Nothing Beside Remains
  12. MAG 136: The Puppeteer
  13. MAG 85: Upon the Stair
  14. MAG 80: The Librarian
  15. MAG 84: Possessive
  16. MAG 157: Rotten Core
  17. MAG 88: Dig
  18. MAG 63: The End of the Tunnel
  19. MAG 102: Nesting Instinct
  20. MAG 104: Sneak Preview
  21. MAG 27: A Sturdy Lock
  22. MAG 29: Cheating Death
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