Best of the archive Day ThreeAnother interesting day of archiving. After a bit of a mix up with numbering (fixed by Devin and Rachel!) the students really made great progress today. Here are the best bits they discovered.
Rachel has been cataloguing the handwritten notes of the Cecil Williamson (the founder of the Museum). She found this document particularly interesting. In it, Cecil expresses his views on witchcraft (beware he is quite opinionated about it, the Museum does not necessarily endorse these views)
"The public has been blinded and deafened by the clamour sic set up by the publicity seeking 20th century witches who declare that witchcraft is no more than the ancient pre-Christian Pagan mother religion of the Fertility Goddess of Creation. Their teaching are "to do what then wilt and to have one another in complete freedom." As this museum will demonstrate the Art of Witchcraft is not as simple as all that. For this earth on which we exist is a grim and frightening place with each and every one of us taking with every passing day one step nearer to our death."
Devin found a card about witch persecutions which contains some shocking information (and the use of the phrase "piddling nonsense")!
Stephen found a card which related to the display of a skeleton in the old days of the Museum. Here is the card and a photo from the Museum back then.
Ariel and Sami brought to light some interesting information (both to do with breasts for some reason!)
Isabelle found another interpretation for an object which is still on display today - a pair of glass knitting needles (photographed below).
Heather went coin mad today. Even delving into the Museum displays in her quest to locate coins mentioned in Cecil's interpretation cards. Here she is examining them and here is what she found out about a hag penny.
No archiving tomorrow as the students are out on a visit to three Cornish fishing villages (including Polperro). More from the archive on Friday.