Monday, May 02, 2016

London mage event

This event on June 4th looks good.  If you're in London at that time (which sadly I won't be!)

Foreign Language Guides

Thanks to all the people who helped translate the Foreign Language guide to the Museum for us.  They have now been printed out and laminated and are available for visitors to pick up as they enter the Museum.

People from around the world have been so kind donating their time and expertise!  The guide is a double sided A4 page which includes a brief introduction to each of the displays and also some key words which appear regularly in the Museum.  Thanks to everyone's help we now have guides for visitors to use in the following languages:

If anyone out there wants to translate a guide into another language (other than those listed above) then please email Judith

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Interested in leys and patterns in the landscape?

If you're interested in ley lines and patterns in the landscape then this could be the organisation and publication for you!

May Day!

May Day is open us and to mark it we thought a blog about the objects relating to Beltane in the Museum's collection would be fitting.

First of all, this wonderful painting of a witch at Beltane by artist Vivienne Shanley.  This painting is on display in the Images of Witchcraft gallery.

Some items from the collection donated by Iain Steele, a witch from the Welsh borders who died in 2011.This was Iain's Beltane staff:

This figure was his Beltane altar Goddess from his Celtic altar.

And here is Iain's Beltane altar from his home.

To find out more about May Eve, May Day or Beltane, have a look at these articles.

Above: Horned God and Goddess statues currently on display in our Beltane window.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Museum is somewhere you've "got to visit"

We're really happy to share our feature in the next edition of Cornwall Living magazine.  We have a double page spread as part of their regular "Got to visit" feature. If you don't get the magazine, here is our page (with photo by Charlie MacKay).

Cecil Williamson design for a candlestick

We received an email from Wilmar Taal recently.  He has been researching the Richel and Elderman's Collection.  He said "This candleholder shaped like a swastika is attributed to Cecil Williamson in the notes by Eldermans."  This was of great interest to everyone here as Cecil Williamson founded the Museum and ran it until 1996.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fantastic website of folk art

If you like all things corn craft related, you have to look at this site.  Wonderful pieces!  The artist is from South Derbyshire and uses the farming year to create contemporary corn dollies and harvest spirits.!blank/q17v5

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What's been going on at the Museum Part Four...

This blog is about the changes that have taken place at the Museum over the winter.

There is a new peep hole display for children (and adults) to enjoy in Images of Witchcraft and Magic - a gingerbread and sweet house inspired by the Hansel and Gretel story.

This is the original text card that went with the object as written by Cecil Williamson (the founder of the Museum).

If you look carefully in this old picture of the Museum, you can see the cauldron and painting to the right of the photo.

Friendly creature outside the Museum

We were sent this photo by a recent visitor.  They saw this creature while they were outside the Museum.  It seems to be some sort of vole (the Wildlife Trust suggests it is a wood mouse).  It crawled on his shoe and was happy to be stroked.  Just another example of the magical place that is Boscastle - there are so many witch's familiars about!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Candlelit Evenings 2016

We are happy to announce the dates for our Candlelit Evenings this year.

For those of you who haven’t attended before, the Museum is open between 8pm and 11pm at night and as the sun goes down visitors can experience this unique collection by candlelight.  It is a great way to see the objects and soak up the atmosphere of one of the world’s best museums…

This year, we will have even more candles in more rooms, as well as torches for visitors who want to read everything!  The dates are as follows:

Saturday 14th May (part of the Museums At Night Festival and the ‘The Web Unspun’ day of talks)
Saturday 4th June
Saturday 23rd July
Saturday 13th August
Saturday 27th August
Saturday 29th October (part of the Museum’s All Hallows Eve extravaganza!)

Start time is 8pm with last entry at around 10.30pm, closing at 11pm.  Normal admission charges apply, tickets to be bought on the door.

We recommend that you book a room in one of the many wonderful Boscastle hotels, YHA hostel, or B&B’s, and come down to the Museum after a meal and a drink in the village (see links below).

Hope to see you soon!

Pagan festivals more popular than ever

We had an incredibly busy year last year (really high visitor numbers, with so many people saying positive things about their visit and buying lots of books in the shop too) so it isn't a surprise to read that interest in Paganism is increasing but I'm sure you'll agree that it is good to hear!  This interesting article looks at the popularity of Pagan festivals such as Beltane and includes suggestions of places to go.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

What's been happening at the Museum Part Three

Part Three in our themed blogs on the recent works at the Museum focuses on The Richel Collection...

It all started back in the summer when Simon ordered a rather nice cabinet (photographed below after delivery).  It was massive though and took a lot of work to get upstairs!

Hedley, Steve and Peter finally got it upstairs in a somewhat demonlished state!

We took down the old Richel display.  Below: Hannah, Peter and Sarah at work.

All that was left was a rather unsightly white(ish) wall and lots of objects carefully stored in boxes.

Peter painted the area where the cabinet was to go. 
Then the cabinet was put in place, some sides were added, lights installed, Simon arranged the objects and made stands for them (photographed below), the pictures were put up and voila a new display which looks amazing and has attracted a lot of positive feedback.

Part Four coming soon.

Recent research on Richel Collection

One of the most intriguing collections the Museum has is the Richel Collection.  Wilmar Taal, a researcher from the Netherlands, recently spent several days here looking into the Collection.  His book on the subject is due to be published by Troy Books at some point in the next year or so.  You can find out more about his research and see him wearing a Museum T-shirt on his Facebook page.  Worth keeping an eye on for future developments.