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The Magnus Institute 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,[1] and is currently missing its Head.

The Institute is associated with the Entity known as The Eye. It is also patronized by other groups such as the Lukas Family.[2][3]

In 1999, many of the archived statements were leaked to the press, contributing to the Institute's negative reputation.[4]

Building Edit

Before 1841, the Institute was located in Edinburgh.[5]

At some point after 1841, Jonah Magnus moved the Institute to its current location in Chelsea, London,[6] near the Thames Embankment. It is a small building, old, and pillared,[7] with at least three floors[8] and the archives in the basement.[9] It has a café or canteen.[10] The Institute is connected to the tunnels that were formerly below Millbank Prison.

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

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.[11]

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.

Motto Edit

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

Personnel Edit

Like many other academic organizations, the Institute has several departments. The Institute has a staff of approximately 80-100 people.[12] Current and former employees of the Magnus Institute are listed below by department, and further categorized by employment status when needed:

Administration Edit

Archives Edit

Archivists Edit

Assistants Edit

Other Departments Edit

  • Rosie - Administrator
  • Sonja - Artefact Storage[22]
  • Diana - Library, "runs the place"[23]
  • Hannah - Library[24]
  • Tom - Library[25]
  • Mary Keay's mother - Former employee, Research[26]

References Edit

  1. MAG 11: Dreamer
  2. MAG 17: The Boneturner's Tale
  3. MAG 33: Boatswain's Call
  4. MAG 68: The Tale of a Field Hospital
  5. MAG 50: Foundations
  6. MAG 26: A Distortion
  7. MAG 11: Dreamer
  8. MAG 123: Web Development
  9. MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective
  10. MAG 53: Crusader
  11. MAG 39: Infestation
  12. Season 1 Q&A
  13. 13.0 13.1 MAG 49: The Butchers Window
  14. MAG 120: Eye Contact
  15. 15.0 15.1 MAG 92: Nothing Beside Remains
  16. MAG 136: The Puppeteer
  17. MAG 85: Upon the Stair
  18. MAG 154: Bloody Mary
  19. MAG 80: The Librarian
  20. MAG 84: Possessive
  21. MAG 157: Rotten Core
  22. MAG 88: Dig
  23. MAG 63: The End of the Tunnel
  24. MAG 102: Nesting Instinct
  25. MAG 104: Sneak Preview
  26. MAG 62: First Edition
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