Fantastic event at the weekend
We all had a truly fantastic time on Saturday. In the morning there was palm reading outside the Museum then Graham King, former owner of the Museum and author of the British Book of Spells and Charms was at the Museum from 2pm signing copies of his book. The book sold really well, Graham had lots of interest (and lovely weather too!) If you weren’t able to make the book signing it is available online: http://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/shop/the-british-book-of-spells-and-charms-paperback-edition/
Above: photo of Graham courtesy of Kerriann Godwin (nice to see their dog Hugo getting in on the action too!)
From 7pm, people started to arrive, there was music, a serpent dance (led by Alex Langstone) and a surprise visitor – Kasek Nos (an oss from Penzance!) Wine and nibbles were shared (and some wine spilt – it wouldn’t be a proper party if someone didn’t knock a drink over!) Here are some photos of the event – thanks to Kerriann Godwin, Anthony Hircock and Donna Tweitman for these wonderful images and to Troy Books for organising it all.
At 8pm, we all went upstairs into the library (which was packed) to hear Graham speak about the book. His talk included his definition of spells and charms, the use of horseshoes, witch bottles, onions and toadstones. He also sang for us (which was amazing!)
Then the Museum opened by candlelit and we were inundated with enthusiastic visitors. The drinking and nibbling went on into the night with Tom the Museum dog helping to finish off the remaining snacks. At the end of the night, we were presented with a very unusual and rare magical item – a Baby Bell poppet made by Paul Atlas-Saunders. It is now happily sitting in the Museum office watching me write this – I think you might even see some of my hair attached to it on this photo!
Thanks to all concerned – great evening – one to remember!
This video of the event was made by Troy Books: