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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, 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]

Building

Before 1841, the Institute was located in Edinburgh.[3]

At some point after 1841, Jonah Magnus moved the Institute to it's current location in Chelsea, London,[4] near the Thames Embankment. It is a small building, old, and pillared,[5] with at least three floors[6] and the archives in the basement.[7] It has a café or canteen.[8] 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.[9]

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

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

Personnel

Like many other academic organizations, the Institute has several departments. The Institute has a staff of approximately 80-100 people.[10] Current and former employees of the Magnus Institute are listed below by department, and further categorized by employment status when needed:

Administration

Archives

Current Archive Employees

Former Archive Employees

Other Departments

  • Rosie - Administrator
  • Sonja - Artefact Storage[20]
  • Diana - Library, "runs the place"[21]
  • Hannah - Library[22]
  • Tom - Library[23]
  • Sarah Carpenter - Former Researcher[24]
  • Fiona Law - Former Research Assistant[25]
  • Mary Keay's mother - Former employee, unknown department[26]

References

  1. MAG 17: The Boneturner's Tale
  2. MAG 33: Boatswain's Call
  3. MAG 50: Foundations
  4. MAG 26: A Distortion
  5. MAG 11: Dreamer
  6. MAG 123: Web Development
  7. MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective
  8. MAG 53: Crusader
  9. MAG 39: Infestation
  10. Season 1 Q&A
  11. 11.0 11.1 MAG 49: The Butchers Window
  12. MAG 120: Eye Contact
  13. 13.0 13.1 MAG 92: Nothing Beside Remains
  14. MAG 136: The Puppeteer
  15. MAG 85: Upon the Stair
  16. MAG 154: Bloody Mary
  17. MAG 80: The Librarian
  18. MAG 84: Possessive
  19. MAG 157: Rotten Core
  20. MAG 88: Dig
  21. MAG 63: The End of the Tunnel
  22. MAG 102: Nesting Instinct
  23. MAG 104: Sneak Preview
  24. MAG 27: A Sturdy Lock
  25. MAG 29: Cheating Death
  26. MAG 62: First Edition
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