Best of the Archive – two days in

Best of the Archive – two days in

The American students have been finding out some fascinating bits of information from the archive.  We will keep you updated on more as they come in!

Jeff found a handwritten text by Cecil Williamson (the founder of the Museum) which seems to refer to the lead charm we have displayed in the Museum.  The text read as follows:

Bury Your Troubles

To that end one section of the sorcerers art is applied and has been since the great days of imperial Rome. The Art is that of engraving spells and curses upon plates and strips of lead and then to bury them in a graveyard [Crossed out sentence],  This is a Black Magic Act for it is no more than a Death Wish [Crossed out word],  upon the person named with the spell.

The lead plate in this photograph can be seen in the Gloucester City Museum.

[Continuation from previous entry on the back of sheet one] generally it is laid down that having worked ones message upon the lead that it is then rolled up and transfixed with a hand made iron nail before burial in a [Crossed out word, indiscernible] churchyard grave.

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Some other interesting items included a newspaper clipping advertising the Museum being for sale for £200,000.  This was found by Nick and we aren’t sure when this was originally published.  There was no date on it.

Rebecca found a little booklet with the title: Boscastle first notes.  It contained sketches and observations seemingly written by Cecil when he first looked around the building with a view to turning it into a Museum.

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Other intriguing finds included a reference to a zombie called Felicia Felix-Mentor, a list of addresses (who were they? what were their connections with Cecil?  were they connected with witchcraft in any way?), a document on the uses of coral and an explanation of witch’s flying ointment.  

The most bizarre find of the day has to be document 8290, catalogued by Anna, which simply says “Frog beat group from Japan”.  What this means or what it refers to is anyone’s guess!

Another day of cataloguing documents today, who knows what we’ll find next!  

 

2 responses to “Best of the Archive – two days in”

  1. The list of addresses did not include on in The Hague, Netherlands? Furthermore: great job everyone!

  2. Amazing stuff! It’s so interesting to see how Cecil interpreted certain procedures in such a cautionary manner to the general public in the early days of the museum. Can’t imagine how much fun this would have been to do – thanks for sharing!

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