A Week of Wonder

Earlier this year, the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (MWM) created a virtual exhibition project in collaboration with the MA Fashion Curation students at the London College of Fashion (LCF).

A Week of Wonder can be found on the MWM Instagram account @museum_of_witchcraft_and_magic from 27th July.

After a brief introduction to MWM’s history and collection, the students were asked to select objects or documents that resonated with their areas of research. They sourced a variety of artefacts from the museum’s online collections database.

With the students currently self-isolating all over the world, this project helped them to continue with their research and provide an outlet for their work. The MWM Instagram account (55k followers and counting) is a high-profile platform for them to showcase their contributions.

For MWM at this challenging time, the Week of Wonder project helps to demonstrate the cultural value of the museum’s collection and its relevance to various academic disciplines.

The museum was really impressed with the participants’ enthusiasm and interest in the collection and their self-directed research and we would like to say a big thank you to: Eleni Chasioti, Emily Gallagher, Greer Parker, Khulood Thani and Niyati Hirani.

The Director of MWM, Simon Costin is an Honorary Fellow of LCF, which is part of the UAL Network, so it is particularly fitting that this is the first in a series of many planned collaborations with further and higher education institutions.

The project was coordinated by Amy de la Haye, Professor of Dress History and Curatorship and Benjamin Whyman, Manager, Centre for Fashion Curation alongside Eleni Chasioti, MA student Fashion Curation and Mellany Robinson for MWM.