Saturday, November 30, 2013
We don't normally put 'For Sale' pieces on the blog but we are making an exception as a good friend of ours has a lovely woods for sale in the Holsworthy area of Devon. Details here . It is nicely secluded and has a small shack & pond. If anyone is interested please contact the Estate Agency.
Last Saturday, Simon Costin, Joyce Froome, Steve Patterson and Helen Cornish took part in an amulet workshop, ‘Cosmologies of Care’, at the Horniman Museum in London.
The workshop was an unmissable opportunity to handle some of the Horniman’s remarkable and beautiful amulets from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and compare them with amulets in our collection.
There was then a series of presentations by our team and the other participants – Rashad Salim, Iraqi artist and expert on the geometry of magic, and Beverly Butler, Anne Lanceley and Mike Rowlands from University College London – which provided some fascinatingly varied insights into the importance of magical objects.
Many thanks to Tom Crowley, Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp and all the rest of the Horniman team involved in organising a very enjoyable and thought-provoking event.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
I couldn't resist putting this lovely photo of Barney & Twiglet on the blog. Their owners, who had made the special Halloween coats themselves, were visiting the Museum on Thursday and were happy to give their permission for their doggles to be on the website. They really put a smile on my face. Am hoping to urge Graham to get a small dog now that he has more time. The photo was taken by filmmaker Tom Chick who was visiting at the time.
Friday, November 01, 2013
The Museum of Witchcraft has a new manager – nothing else changes – it is the same company. It is not moving for at least 5 years and all of the procedures and protections remain the same. It will still be called The Museum of Witchcraft.
I hope this reassures you
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Graham would like to announce that as of the 31st Oct 2013, he will retire as Director of the Museum of Witchcraft and Simon Costin has been appointed as the new Director.
The management of the museum will now come under the umbrella of the
. The entire contents of the museum and
library has been donated to the MoBF to ensure its survival as a
single collection and it will remain in its current location and will continue
to run as an autonomous Museum of British
entity. Simon has obtained charitable status for his museum and so this will be extended to encompass the
. There are many benefits
to be gained from this, from Gift Aid to tax relief. Museum
Graham will be fully involved with the transition period and the appointment of the new manager. Simon very much looks forward to the continued support of the Friends of the
and a special
newsletter will be issued shortly with more details. Museum
We hope that you will be as excited as we are about this development. As you can imagine it is very busy at the moment so if you have any queries it would be best to email. Graham will also be presenting further information at the Friends AGM in November.
"I am so pleased to have found a body of people that have the skills and passion
to take the museum on into the future. I am sure that it will continue to
thrive. I am also sure that its collections will continue to be preserved to
educate and inform future generations."
"I am hugely honoured to have been asked by Graham to take the reins of the
museum and greatly look forward to working on its growth and future over the
coming years. The museum holds one of the most unique collections of witchcraft
related material in the world and to be able to play a part in its ongoing
development is hugely exciting. I will do my utmost to ensure that my passion
and understanding of the museum's collection will hold me in good stead for the
next phase of its life'.
kind regards on behalf of the Trustees of the Friends of The
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Why are witches often imagined as women? How did witch-hunters in 17th century Europe discover witches? Would you be prepared to stab a picture of someone you love, and if not why not? Why do some people think that four-leaf clovers are lucky?
These and many other questions are raised by our new learning resource which can be found at www.mowlearning.org.uk The aim of the project is to use objects from The Museum of Witchcraft Collection to spark conversations and learning about the history of witchcraft and magic, criminality and justice, scapegoating, human psychology and much more.
At the website you'll find pictures of selected objects from the Museum collection. Each photograph comes with a series of questions intended to stimulate discussion and debate (some short films will be added soon, where staff from the museum introduce each object). Weblinks are provided with each object so that students can do their own research. There's information about ways the site can be used for both teachers and learners and of course links to the main Witchcraft Museum site.
We hope that this resource will be useful not only in the history part of the Secondary school curriculum but also in areas such as Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, Religious Education and more. We also hope that schools outside Britain and people in many other educational settings (such as youth groups, colleges, adult learners and many others) will make use of this resource.
We've created a survey to capture feedback from users, and we have access to Google data showing the number of people visiting the site. Over time we hope to add more objects and a gallery of work created by people using this resources.
The next stage of the project is to encourage people to use the site. This is where your help could be invaluable! If you're a teacher yourself please try using this resource. If you have contacts in education who you think would benefit from the site, please send them the link. We've already got several organisations we plan to approach to raise the profile of what we're doing, but please do get in touch if you have any great ideas about marketing or individuals you feel we really should be speaking to. Thank you!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
One has to wonder at the motives of certain people who are spreading more and more rumours about the museum's collection being broken up and sold off. A very wise person chose to phone Graham this evening to ask him the truth about such rumours. He was able to put this person's mind to rest and ensure them that the museum collection is in trust and can never be broken up. Rest assured that the museum is thriving. It is going from strength to strength and will continue to do so for generations to come.