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From 10th May – 15th June Waking the Witch, Legion Projects extraordinary Arts Council funded touring exhibition, reaches The Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury. The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic has …

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From 10th May – 15th June Waking the Witch, Legion Projects extraordinary Arts Council funded touring exhibition, reaches The Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury. The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic has five objects in the exhibition. You can read the excellent Museum Crush review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Hannah Fox
Posted: May 6, 2019, 9:43 pm

In 1968, Arnold and Patricia Crowther went to their local cinema to see the newly released, The Devil Rides Out, made by Hammer Films and based on the 1934 novel of …

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In 1968, Arnold and Patricia Crowther went to their local cinema to see the newly released, The Devil Rides Out, made by Hammer Films and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. 

 
A year or so later Arnold and Patricia were invited to a fancy dress party. Arnold was a talented maker of props and puppets and was inspired to create a mask based on the figure of the Goat of Mendes, which appears in the film at a climatic moment during a Sabbat on the Eve of Beltane. The mask was created using papier-mâché and fake fur and soon afterwards became woven into the ritual practises of their Gardnerian coven.
 
During one of Simon’s trips up to Sheffield to meet Patricia, the mask was produced and offered to the museum. We were of course delighted and no sooner had it arrived in Boscastle, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, asked if they could loan the mask for their exhibition, ‘You Say You Want a Revolution’, which has since travelled to New York and our other items are now in Melbourne, apart from the mask.
 
Items such as these are a rare find, given their fragility and we are delighted that the mask has been seen by so many people but we felt it was time for it to return to the museum to take pride of place in our last gallery space on Modern Magic. 
 
 
 
 

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Author: Hannah Fox
Posted: May 2, 2019, 6:23 pm

Objects on Loan Objects from the museums collection are continuing to fascinate people across the world with items currently on show in London and Melbourne.  At the Wellcome Collection, in an …

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Objects on Loan

Objects from the museums collection are continuing to fascinate people across the world with items currently on show in London and Melbourne. 

At the Wellcome Collection, in an exhibition entitled, ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’, we have one of our Ouija boards on show that Simon found some years ago. This is alongside the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown, Harry Houdini’s ‘Bell Box’, Tommy Cooper’s fez, and Paul Daniels’s sawing-in-half box. 

Show runs 11 April 2019—15 September 2019

https://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions/W_vuwBQAACoA_SY2?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

Then on the other side of the world is the ongoing Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, ‘You Say You Want a Revolution’, currently at the Melbourne Museum. Here we have a sword used by Alex Sanders, a robe worn by Ralph Harvey of the Temple of Artemis and a Goat Head stick. 

Show runs 27th April – 25th August 2019

https://museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/revolutions-records-and-rebels?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

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Author: Hannah Fox
Posted: April 28, 2019, 9:32 am

We are all very much looking forward to Janet and Gavin’s first ever visit to the museum and their day of talks. Last few tickets are now on sale – …

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We are all very much looking forward to Janet and Gavin’s first ever visit to the museum and their day of talks. Last few tickets are now on sale – so book now to avoid missing what promises to be a fascinating and insightful day. To buy a ticket simply use paypal with the museums email and use the reference ‘Janet&Gavin’.

Tickets £35

museumwitchcraft@aol.com

 

The Evolution of Wicca:
The Changing Face of Witchcraft

A talk by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone on the development of Witchcraft since the 1960’s
and how it is an evolving tradition. They examine the ‘patterns’ that have occurred over the
last few decades which show this process at work. They started running their first ‘progressive’
coven’ in 2001 based on these patterns, and have since been responsible for seeding similar
covens in the United States, UK, Belgium and Italy, based on the principle that all
traditions must evolve to suit their natural and social environments.
Part of this has included the integration of native trance practises, including trance-prophesy
and deity-connection. This talk includes discussions on traditions, solitary practise, initiation
(self and into covens), and the degree system, and the movement towards ‘deity-centred witchcraft’.
They come to the conclusion that the more witchcraft adapts to modern culture the more in
fact it returns back to its original roots – a Priesthood of service.

Sex, Death and Mysteries:
A multi-media presentation by
Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

Janet and Gavin explore the relationship between witchcraft and magic with sexuality
and death. This look at both the psychological aspects and the mythic, exploring the theories
of the founding fathers of modern psychology and how they relate to the ancient mystery
practises of our pagan ancestors, drawing from Greek, Egyptian, Assyro-Babylonian and
contemporary and ancient Hindu mythology. Looking at their evolution in to the modern
fairy myths which hide many of the secrects of the ancient Mystery Schools. It comes to some
interesting conclusions regarding how both Eastern and Western culture draw form those same
intrinsic mysteries of the human mind and heart.

 

 

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Author: Hannah Fox
Posted: April 10, 2019, 11:49 am

To celebrate the new season at the museum, we commissioned the very talented willow artist, Woody Fox to create a new figure to grace the outside of the museum. Many …

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To celebrate the new season at the museum, we commissioned the very talented willow artist, Woody Fox to create a new figure to grace the outside of the museum. Many of you may remember his stunning figure of Pan, who played his pipes outside for some years until the Cornish winters and the wind took their toll. Woody has created his interpretation of Cernunnos, the Celtic god of fertility, animals, wealth, and the underworld. In one hand he holds a the ram-horned serpent, symbol or sexuality and renewal and in the other a torc, a sign of his noble status. Woody said that his inspiration for the posture was the figure, thought to represent Cernunnos on the Gundestrup Cauldron.

We are delighted that his regal presence will be watching over our visitors for many years ahead.

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The Gundestrup Cauldron

More of Woody’s work can be seen here –

http://www.woodyfoxwillow.co.uk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

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Author: simon
Posted: April 3, 2019, 12:17 pm

Following on from last year, we have items appearing in several exhibitions. The first to open will be in London at the Wellcome Collection, in an exhibition entitled, ‘Smoke and …

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Following on from last year, we have items appearing in several exhibitions. The first to open will be in London at the Wellcome Collection, in an exhibition entitled, ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’. . From their press release it sounds as if it will be a fascinating show –

What can magic and conjuring tell us about the human mind? Our new exhibition brings together the worlds of psychology and entertainment in search of the truth about deception.

Explore how our biases affect our perception and whether our senses can be hacked. Discover spirit photography, magic props and psychology experiments to see how magic works on – and in – the mind of the spectator.

Artefacts on display from the world of magic include the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown, Harry Houdini’s ‘Bell Box’, Tommy Cooper’s fez, and Paul Daniels’s sawing-in-half box.

Then if you happen to be in Dresden you can visit the Deutsches Hygiene Museum to see their exhibition, ‘Of Plants and People: A Stroll around Our Green Planet’. April 19th 2019 – 19th April 2020.

Lastly there is the ‘Magic: Exploring Hidden Realties’ at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. 19th October 2019 – 19th April 2020.

https://wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

https://www.dhmd.de/en/exhibitions/of-people-and-plants?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

In 2016 we loaned several objects to a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘You Say You Want a Revolution’. The exhibition has been travelling the world and is now in Melbourne, Australia. We are delighted that the MWM collection is attracting attention worldwide and being recognised for it’s importance and uniqueness.

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: March 28, 2019, 1:33 am

We are all very much looking forward to Janet and Gavin’s first ever visit to the museum and their day of talks. Tickets are still available so book now to …

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We are all very much looking forward to Janet and Gavin’s first ever visit to the museum and their day of talks. Tickets are still available so book now to avoid missing what promises to be a fascinating and insightful day. To buy a ticket simply use paypal with the museums email and use the reference ‘Janet&Gavin’.

museumwitchcraft@aol.com

 

The Evolution of Wicca:
The Changing Face of Witchcraft

A talk by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone on the development of Witchcraft since the 1960’s
and how it is an evolving tradition. They examine the ‘patterns’ that have occurred over the
last few decades which show this process at work. They started running their first ‘progressive’
coven’ in 2001 based on these patterns, and have since been responsible for seeding similar
covens in the United States, UK, Belgium and Italy, based on the principle that all
traditions must evolve to suit their natural and social environments.
Part of this has included the integration of native trance practises, including trance-prophesy
and deity-connection. This talk includes discussions on traditions, solitary practise, initiation
(self and into covens), and the degree system, and the movement towards ‘deity-centred witchcraft’.
They come to the conclusion that the more witchcraft adapts to modern culture the more in
fact it returns back to its original roots – a Priesthood of service.

Sex, Death and Mysteries:
A multi-media presentation by
Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

Janet and Gavin explore the relationship between witchcraft and magic with sexuality
and death. This look at both the psychological aspects and the mythic, exploring the theories
of the founding fathers of modern psychology and how they relate to the ancient mystery
practises of our pagan ancestors, drawing from Greek, Egyptian, Assyro-Babylonian and
contemporary and ancient Hindu mythology. Looking at their evolution in to the modern
fairy myths which hide many of the secrects of the ancient Mystery Schools. It comes to some
interesting conclusions regarding how both Eastern and Western culture draw form those same
intrinsic mysteries of the human mind and heart.

 

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: March 19, 2019, 1:43 am

We received this nostalgic image via our Facebook page. It shows Cecil Williamson’s original painting of a witch on her broomstick which has now been reproduced on the exterior of …

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We received this nostalgic image via our Facebook page. It shows Cecil Williamson’s original painting of a witch on her broomstick which has now been reproduced on the exterior of the door behind the shrine.

‘Me, my Dad and my little brother in the early 80’s. We travelled around England for two weeks and my Mother had read about the Museum. Knowing my interest in the supernatural, she wanted us to visit. We will try to come back again some day… love from Sweden, Albin’.

Do you have any vintage images of the museum? We would love to see them and keep a copy in the museums archive.

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: March 19, 2019, 1:23 am

Our May Conference is shaping up to be a really interesting weekend of talks. Subjects so far include- Diane Purkiss – The South Moray Witches: landscape and belief Heather Freeman …

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Our May Conference is shaping up to be a really interesting weekend of talks. Subjects so far include-

Diane Purkiss – The South Moray Witches: landscape and belief

Heather Freeman – Familiar Shapes: Early Modern Familiars and Social Bots

Emmy Vye – Witchcraft and The Archetype of the Medial Woman

Zoe Mitchell – A deed without a name: Witchcraft in modern poetry and the role of the witch in creative practice

Full details will be posted over the coming weeks.

Tickets are available at £25 for the weekend via PayPal – museumwitchcraft@aol.com

Please put ‘GOWDIE’ as an instruction/reference.

Price includes admission to conference as well as entry to the Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

Should you have any questions please email the museum. Times will be confirmed once the full list of speakers has been confirmed but we will start at 10am on each morning. Please try to book early as there were a lot of disappointed people last year when we sold out!

 

 

 

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Author: simon
Posted: February 23, 2019, 11:50 am

Getting ready for the new season always involves thinking about the museum window. This year, Simon and Marti, (it was Marti who created the Stag’s head which graced the window …

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Getting ready for the new season always involves thinking about the museum window. This year, Simon and Marti, (it was Marti who created the Stag’s head which graced the window for several years) combined their talents to create something in tune with this years new exhibition, Betwixt and Between. Isobel Gowdie, the Witch of Auldearn.

Marti has this to say about the Hare.
‘Hares have long held an association with witches and magic. Isobel Gowdie, the famous Scottish witch of Auldearn, spoke of being sent on an errand by the devil and her subsequent transformation into a hare to secretly traverse the countryside. To outwit a pack of dogs in pursuit, she ran from house to house until she had the opportunity to repeat the charm that would transform her back to human form. The bite of a dog, whilst not fatal to a ‘shape shifter’ in animal form, could result in ‘wound doubling’ upon the body of the witch, when the original human form was resumed.
Inspired by Isobel’s transformations and the old belief in the ‘otherworldly’ nature of hares, I have fashioned a hare as ‘nazarlik’, the protective tribal amulets found in Anatolia and Central Asia.
From protective blue-eye beads, to spectacular wall hangings constructed of shells, mirrors and tassels, nazarlik have been averting ill-wishing and evil influences for ages, their roots extending back to the pre-Islamic, shamanistic origins of Anatolia and Central Asia.
Nazarlik employ a range of devices to confound evil influences. Intertwining bright coloured beadwork attracts and dissipates evil influences in a similar way to tangled threads in a witch’s ball, or the swirls of colour in a glass cane.
Bright colours ward off the evil eye. Perhaps most notable is turquoise, long held as a protector and fortune bringer. Supreme in its powers of protection, it was worn by both the Ancient Egyptians and Persians.
Mirrors reflect back evil influence and send out beams of positive sunlight. The traditional Anatolian belief is that evil does not wish to look upon its own reflection. Mirrors are often included in nazarlik, whether created to protect the home or as the trappings of horses and camels.
Cowrie shells have been associated with good luck, protection and used as a currency by many ancient cultures. In nazarlik they form ancient protective motifs in combination with buttons and beads. Triangular forms, stars and flowers exemplify shapes associated with protection.
Small amulets and found objects add their own qualities of protective power to nazarlik. Blue glass eye beads, Egyptian scarabs, and the Hand of Fatima. Bound thorns, picked by a powerful enchantress and her familiar under a Blood Wolf Moon, pierce evil influences and offer their protection. Ancient arrowheads or ‘Elf- Bolts’, given to Isobel by the Devil, become symbols of defence and protection as part of this nazarlik’.

Simon worked with Ava Asaadi to produce a magical tree representing the four seasons, as a backdrop for the Hare. Each and everyone of the leaves were hand printed from a lino-cut that Simon made and then applied to the tree along with dried acorns.

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Author: simon
Posted: February 22, 2019, 8:53 am