Thursday, 7 July 2016

Exciting Museum Events...

Steve Patterson's popular Magic & Folklore walks around beautiful Boscastle will continue for the following dates:

20th July
3rd August
17th August
31st August
13th September
27th September

There is no need to book, just turn up to the Museum at 2pm on any of these days.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic presents:

A Day of Talks on Halloween Past & Present

To celebrate the 2016 exhibition Glitter Gravedust
October 15 2016 at The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, Cornwall
10am - 4.30pm

Key note speaker Ronald Hutton "The History of Halloween"

With papers by:

Mogg Morgan "Sky Religion in Ancient Egypt: Halloween?"

Dorothy L. Abrams "Ancestor Ritual at Samhain"

Bekki Shining Bearheart “Witches, Shamans and Ancestors, OH MY!”

Tommy Kuusela “How to learn magic by going on a year walk”

Louise Fenton “Trick and Tourist Treat: Halloween in New Orleans”
Judith Noble “Beyond Halloween”

Entertainment from 8pm. Tickets £25. Price includes admission to conference, evening entertainment, as well as entry to the Museum on Saturday or Sunday. Places are limited and pre-payment is essential to book your place.
Ways to pay:
By paypal. Our paypal account is:
Please put ‘Halloween’ as an Instruction/Reference.
By card: phone the Museum on 01840 250 111 and complete the transaction using a credit or debit card.
By cash: pop into the Museum and pay at the counter.
By cheque: send a cheque made payable to Museum of Witchcraft to our address: the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the Harbour, Boscastle, PL35 0HD.
Any issues, email the Museum:

We recommend that attendees book their rooms directly with the Wellington.

The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic
The Harbour, Boscastle
PL35 0HD
01840 250111

Saturday, 20 February 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS Glitter & Gravedust: Halloween Past & Present

News from the Museum...

Museum of Witchcraft & Magic
Glitter & Gravedust: Halloween Past & Present

Call for Papers – October 15th 2016

Glitter & Gravedust: Halloween Past & Present is a new exhibition curated by the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic. Opening in March 2016 and running until December, the exhibition charts the history of the festival and explores its various incarnations: from Samhain to Hallowtide, a time efficacious for love magic and divination, to its ambiguous, multicultural and often commercial modern expressions.

A conference to accompany and augment the exhibition will take place on Saturday October 15th 2016 in Boscastle. Professor Ronald Hutton will be the keynote speaker, presenting recent research into ‘The History of Halloween’.

If you would like to present a paper please send an abstract of no more than 200 words together with a brief biographical note to:

Deadline for abstracts is 31st March 2016. Free entry to the Museum, exhibition, library and archive will be included in the ticket price (TBC). Papers could address the following topics (but these are not restrictive):

· History of the festival, continuity and change

· Folklore of Halloween (ancient and modern)

· Regional variations

· Religion; Wicca, Paganism, Christianity

· Divination practices, magic, witchcraft

· Honouring the dead, ancestor festival

· The culture of Halloween, literature, music, film etc.

· Tourism, performing identity, Halloween as ‘event’

· Material culture of Halloween

· Cross-cultural perspectives and comparisons

· Masks, guising, ‘becoming other’

· Halloween and gender

· Food and drink at Halloween

Abstracts for the attention of Peter Hewitt,

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Temporary Halloween Exhibition

Dear Friends,

For our temporary exhibition in 2016, we will be exploring Samhain/Halloween/All Hallows/Allantide customs - anything to do with October 31st in whatever guise! We would like to include your memories, feelings, interpretations of this festival in the exhibition. Do you celebrate it – why? why not? What do you do? Rituals, events, things with kids, other festivities? What does the festival mean to you? We would love to share your photos of specific events/gatherings you have attended - perhaps something you will be doing this October? Please send your texts/photos to Given the limited amount of space in the exhibition, we may not be able to include everyone’s contribution, but we would of course store this material and perhaps use it for future displays (with your consent).

Many thanks,

The Museum Team
(Simon, Joyce, Hannah, Judith & Peter)

Friday, 26 June 2015

Witches and Witchlore: the Illustrations of Jos A Smith

Come and see the Museum's first ever temporary exhibition - Monday to Saturday 10.30am-6pm (last admission 5.30pm) and Sunday from 11.30-6pm (last admission 5.30pm)

With a long and varied career as an artist and illustrator, most notably for Time, Newsweek and The New York Times, and as an arts educator at New York’s prestigious Pratt Institute, Jos A. Smith (b.1936) has over twenty solo exhibitions to his name.
The forthcoming exhibition at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is the latest, showcasing his original artwork for the seminal book, ‘Witches’ by Erica Jong, first published in 1981. The exhibition was officially opened by Smith on May 16th 2015 and will run until November 2015.
The book charts the persecution of witches, through poetry, history and stories and also functions as a grimoire, or handbook for contemporary practitioners. Using pen, ink and watercolour, Jos A. Smith’s illustrations vividly explore all aspects of the various guises of the witch: from seductress to crone; perpetrator to victim. His skilled draughtsmanship reflects witchcraft’s connection to nature, with figures seamlessly blending into other forms, to create an otherworldly, eerie presence on the page. These images also express Jos’s own connection to nature through his study of esoteric religion and meditation, as he states: “I am fascinated by the lore that accrues to natural things..”
Displayed together for the first time at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, this is the inaugural exhibition in a planned new series of temporary shows to be hosted at the museum from Spring 2015. The newly refurbished temporary exhibition space will allow the museum to examine its rich and varied objects in more depth and will also feature exciting collaborations with artists and researchers. People will have something new to see at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic every time they visit, alongside the fascinating permanent collection.
Selected images are available for sale from the Museum's online shop as limited edition prints and high quality art cards.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Children's Art Week 2015

Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Drawing Competition

This year's Theme: Witches in Fiction, Fantasy & Folklore

The Competition is open to all young people aged between 3 and 18
The closing date for entrants is June 30th 2015
In the Museum, you will see lots of images of witches from plays like Macbeth or poems like Tam O'Shanter.  There are images of witches from fairy stories and folklore too like the witch in Snow Whitee, Baba Yaga or witches riding in eggshells.  There are lots of witches in stories and films too like in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Terry Pratchett's Discworld and the Wizard of Oz.
Have a look around our displays and think about amazing, weird and wonderful witches.  Can you draw one for us?  You can copy an existing image or you can imagine what this witch looked like for yourself.
There are pencils, paper, clipboards and a dedicated 'drawing area' in the Museum.  Entrants can complete their work while visiting the Museum or take their work away with them for completion/improvement and either send it in by post or scan it and send it electronically by e-mail.  The best entrants will probably use colour and possibly paint and other media to create a quality piece of work.
There will be prizes for the best work and the opportunity to have the work displayed in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and exhibited as part of an online exhibition.
Make sure you put your name and contact details on the back of your picture and also tell us what witch you have drawn.