MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC LEARNING

The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall, houses the world’s largest collection of witchcraft-related artifacts and regalia. This is a unique collection and has a fascinating on-line catalogue. The objects in the collection provide a great way to explore history and many contemporary issues. Through the featured artifacts featured on this site you can explore...

The History of Witchcraft and Magic, bullying and scapegoating in society, our perceptions of luck, how human psychology is sometimes more powerful than rational thought, empathise with people in the past, criminality and justice, how popular culture affects our view of the past and present. And lots more!

 

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HOW TO USE THIS SITE FOR TEACHERS

(which includes free lesson plans and other learning resources).

HOW TO USE THIS SITE FOR LEARNERS

You can download a PDF copy of information about each object and questions to use off-line HERE.

INTRODUCING THE MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT FROM MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT ON VIMEO.

ITEMS TO EXPLORE

Click on any of the articles below for a detailed description, video content and links to further information.

Fossils

QUESTIONS Why in the past did people think that fossils like these were connected with the Devil? How does our belief in evolution change the way we understand these objects …

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Palmistry Hand

QUESTIONS Is it possible to tell someone’s character from how they look (for example from the lines and shape of their hands or their facial features)? In what ways do …

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Roman Charm

QUESTIONS Who wore these charms in ancient times, and for what reason? Would we (or you) wear a charm like this today and if not why not? What does this …

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Shackle

QUESTIONS Can you find out how old this object might be? When did the legal system in your country stop using things like this (or did it?). What might be …

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Ouija Board

QUESTIONS Do you think a ouija board is a suitable toy for a family or indeed children to use? If not why not? Some people think of Ouija boards as …

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Curse

QUESTIONS What do you imagine was the story behind the creation of this object? Do people still believe in the power of curses like this? Do you? Would it be …

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Chair and Bibles

QUESTIONS   Why was this object created? Was it an attempt by the priests to prove that a suspected witch was innocent (most people would certainly have been heavier than …

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Four Leaved Clover Charm

QUESTIONS Do you believe in luck and if so do you have a lucky charm or ritual? Do you think lucky charms work (perhaps by making the wearer feel more …

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