Saturday, April 28, 2012

Leaflet Experiment supported by Friends

The museum recently received a cheque for £2,916.20 to cover the cost of new leaflets and distribution throughout locations in North Cornwall. Thank you for allowing the museum this opportunity, without 'Friends' this scale of advertising would be impossible, and of course we hope this will result in a substantial increase in visitor numbers, and give tourists a further awareness of our location and existence!

thanks to all our 'Friends' for your support
Graham, Hannah & Joyce

New Book from Dave Evans et al

A new book which Dave Evans has edited is now out! It is listed on Amazon,

and available for pre-order. It is an intelligent collection of essays

by some leading names and some new writers, and I hope you will find

it interesting.

The Enduring Problems with Prophecy: from Early-Modern Times to 2012 and Beyond

Dave Evans (editor)

Lionel Snell (aka Ramsey Dukes) Julian Vayne Dave Lee Cynthia Dunn

Alexander Cummins Helen Frisby Siobhan Monroe Francis Breakspear Dave

Evans (contributors)

Have you ever wondered why prophecies are, well, usually pretty off

target? It seems that every few years we have an impending 'end of

days' scenario (there were two in 2011 alone), with all manner of

prophets of doom foretelling a grim future, and then.... on the

appointed day the world continues to turn, the sun rises as normal,

the birds sing and nothing much is changed. Then a few days later, up

springs another prophet, with news of the grisly details of another

impending Armageddon on the way. This timely, intelligent and

entertaining collection of essays by a heady mixture of well-known and

new writers, including Julian Vayne, Ramsey Dukes, Al Cummins, Helen

Frisby, Cynthia Grannon, Dave Lee, Dave Evans, Siobhan Monroe and

Francis Breakspear,examines this recurring phenomenon from a variety

of perspectives, academic, scientific, economic, esoteric,

philosophical and historical, and comes up with some surprising

conclusions, both about modern doomsayers (2012, the Y2K bug etc) and

older historical instances of the end of the world, and muses on why

nobody, of all the modern prophets and psychics alive today, was able

to predict 9-11. Along the way we examine John Dee, British Civil War

women prophets, class war, oil spills, aeonic succession, a new way to

date our calendar (and how 2012 might already have passed us by

without anyone realising), portents of doom in Victorian England,

Terrence McKenna and the Timewave theory, the Mayan Calendar, economic

meltdowns and much, much more besides Read it now, just in case the

next prophecy is right...

Available worldwide, this is the Amazon UK link.

For the USA here at

if the the link shows as "unavailable at present" - this is because the stock

is still on the way to Amazon. Pre-order with confidence : )
If you are not a fan of Amazon please take these ISBNs and support

your local bookshop:

ISBN-10: 1905524382

ISBN-13: 978-1905524389

New Exhibits to watch out for

Scarborough Museum has an interesting exhibit at the moment called Fears Foes & Faeries which Tabitha Cadbury has worked on. Tabitha has been doing a lot of research on charms at various museums around the country including Scarborough & the Museum of Witchcraft. Follow the link for more information.

For those interested in Folklore & the Doc Rowe archive, the Museum of East Anglian Life in  conjunction with the Museum of British Folklore, the first exhibition of Doc's photos and videos is currently on in Stowmarket
I was lucky enough to attend the opening last weekend where Simon Costin interviewed Doc about his collecting days past and present, and we were treated to some fabulous music, wine and nibbles. Thanks to Simon and all at the museum fro making us feel very welcome. I recommend a visit if you are in the area.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Weekend Tryptich

I'm off to London this weekend for a threesome of activities: Firstly to attend Belostra in Balham on Sunday - I'll be there with Deborah selling wares from the museum and talking about Friends of the Museum to anyone who's interested, secondly we'll both be visiting Simon Costin who has recently been to New York and picked up some intriguing artifacts for the museum (more of that later), and thirdly we'll both be going along to the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket on Saturday to attend the opening of Simon's Doc Rowe exhibition. Should be a good weekend!

A Charming and Magical Day

The day is filling up fast so let us know if you'd like to come along.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Joyce in Accident

This morning Joyce was involved in an accident when a car failed to stop at a junction and ploughed into both her car and a rather large Mercedes towing a caravan. Luckily no one was seriously injured but it looks like her car is  write-off. Joyce was understandably very shaken and will be taking the rest of the week off. We all send her calming thoughts after this stressful experience and hope she can get back to her adoring fans at the museum as soon as possible.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Easter Serenade

We had a special treat today when Carole Talboys (who many will remember from her days working in the booth at the museum) came down to the harbour to play her dulcimer. She has been studying this instrument for a couple of years now and her dedication is really paying off as her playing was, dare I say, divine!! Carole is fundraising for Lifeboats and you may see her playing outside the museum over the summer. Here we see Hannah looking on in awe:)