At last year's Friends of the Museum AGM in November, a suggestion was made that something in the Museum should be dedicated to Mike Howard. After discussion with Graham King and Kerriann Godwin the Museum team decided to dedicate the archive to Mike's memory. To that end, we have put up new shelves creating space for the archive to grow in future, put a bit of information about Mike on the windowsill for archive users to read and commissioned a carved wooden sign for the door (not installed yet). We also put a painting at the end of the archive room from the early days of the Museum: "And it still goes on today" which we thought he might have liked.
The archive is free to use and available to all. It can be viewed electronically (email the Museum to arrange access/a passcode) and in the library by appointment.
The following memorial is on display in the archive and also in the Shrine. Many thanks to Graham King for providing this text.Michael Howard 1948 -2015
Michael Howard will be sadly missed by all at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. He spent many hours researching in our library and archive and was a prolific author of esoteric books. His journal, The Cauldron, ran for over 30years.
Mike was incredibly knowledgeable on occult matters and despite being somewhat secretive was always generous with his advice to the museum. He was also quick to tell us if we made a mistake!
He generously donated hundreds of documents and books to our archive and attended most of the talks and gatherings hosted by The Friends of the Museum.
He leaves us with fond memories and a wealth knowledge that would have been lost without him.
We will miss your wit and wisdom Mike but I suspect you will continue to visit the museum and library on occasion just to keep an eye on us.