Dramatic performances at the Museum coming soon!

For the past few years, we have been delighted to have dramatic performances at the Museum created and performed by our friends at Circle of Spears productions (a Devon based theatre company).

They have created two different performances for the Museum and both are available to experience here this year.

Tickets can be purchased here:

WITCH was the first ever play to be performed at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.  It centres on one case from the early modern period and looks at the perspectives of the accused, the accuser and the judge/Justice of the Peace.  It is intense and unexpected as well as historically accurate and moving.  It has gone on tour, featured in academic conferences on the use of theatre in presenting the past and also been booked by audience members to be shown to their students in schools and universities.  It is highly recommended.  There are only three performances of it this year (each performance starts at 7.30pm) and the dates are:

July 21st (only 12 tickets remaining)

August 15th

September 8th

The team at Circle of Spears also created a performance of Ghost Stories which takes place in the Museum library on our candlelit evenings.  You can hear traditional tales from Devon and Cornwall and accounts of spooky occurrences at the Museum too!  The tales are told by the Museum’s librarians and you can either attend the stories first and then visit the Museum at night or visit the Museum and then hear the stories – whatever works best for you!  No need to book for the late night, candlelit opening but tickets for the Ghost Stories are best purchased in advance to avoid disappointment (they almost always sell out).  Tickets can be purchased here:
July 28th
7.30pm (several tickets already sold for this performance)
August 18th
September 1st

Letter from Cecil Williamson

We received a letter in the post which included a much older letter.  A visitor to the Museum had written to Cecil Williamson (Museum founder) in 1985 about labyrinths and received an interesting reply which has been copied for us so we can keep it in our archives.

We have a labyrinth stone in the Museum collection:

This object seems to have sparked the correspondence and to have lead Cecil to write a little history of the labyrinth stones and their use in magic.

Our thanks go to Jeff Saward of Labyrinthos for providing us with this intriguing addition to our archive.  See for more on his work.

As you may know, there are labyrinths carved into a slate cliff face at Rocky Valley (about three miles from the Museum).  A document in our archive (an interpretation card that used to be on display with an object, written by Cecil) seems to suggest that their existence was one of the reasons the Museum ended up being located in Boscastle.

Here is some of Cecil’s letter from 1985 which says that labyrinth stones are called snake or serpent stones, moon stones, Troy Stones and brain stones.  As always, the key thing for Cecil was that magic worked and that if it worked, witches used it.  If it didn’t work, they just didn’t do it.

Thanks so much to the person who shared this letter with us.

Guidebook now available for our 2018 exhibition

We are pleased to say that a guidebook is now available for our 2018 exhibition “Dew of Heaven: Objects of Ritual Magic.”  The guidebook is available for just £3 and can be purchased from the Museum or from our online shop:

If you haven’t visited the exhibition yet, this is a good chance to find out more about it as it explores each of the sections and includes images of many of the objects on display.  If you have visited (and hopefully enjoyed) the exhibition then this guidebook gives you more detail than was provided in the displays including more contextual and background information.  It is also a great keepsake as the exhibition will only be on display in 2018.

Above: the front cover showing a cubic altar made to instructions written by Aleister Crowley in Book 4, Part 2.

Below: the contents page.

Below: the back cover features an image of Baphomet from the Museum’s collection.


See the full historical diary archive here