May Conference on the topic of Cursing FULLY BOOKED


The Museum will be hosting a two day conference on Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th 2017 at the Wellington Hotel, Boscastle.  The theme is “cursing” to coincide with and augment our 2017 exhibition which has the title Poppets, pins and power: the Craft of Cursing.  Ticket price includes entrance to the Museum for the whole weekend and evening entertainment, drinks and nibbles.

Tickets are limited and must be purchased before the event.  Early booking is advised (ten of a possible sixty have already sold!)

For both days: £30 (£25 for Friends of the Museum) 


£20 for one day (£15 for Friends of the Museum)

Here is an overview of the speakers and their topics.  More details on each of the papers to follow in our blog section.

Cursing Conference talks: Saturday May 6th

Mogg Morgan Apophis & the mother of all curses

Demetrius Lacroix “Ekspedisyon , Dispatch, ak pelene” the art of Haitian Vodou Cursing

Kirste McCool The photographic curse

Dr Alexander Cummins The Devil’s Bath –  Curse-craft and Humoural Theory in Early Modern England

Camilla Schroeder Animalising the male and silencing the female: Cursing in Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Judith Noble Cecil Williamson and the Spider’s Web

Yvonne Knop “Marked by the Lord with a Darker Skin” – Curses and Racist Apologetics

Mireille Fauchon Blessed Land: Legacy and Loss within Lowestoft’s Narrative Landscape


Saturday Evening Entertainment from 8pm

Simon Costin Poppets within popular culture and the mass dissemination in film and TV

Music and talk by Folklore Tapes


Sunday May 7th

Paula McBride Curses and Cursing in the early modern Midlands

Jesse Hathaway Diaz Cursing in Colonial Mexico

James Riley Playback Hex: William Burroughs and the Fall of the Moka Bar

Jon Kaneko-James This is the Curse: Licit Curses in Everyday Life During the Witch Trials

Jonathan Hughes  Cursing and Ill wishing: witchcraft, the illness of a king and the death of a prince

Peter Hewitt A Field in Cornwall – The Curse of “Old Mother Ivey”

Louise Fenton The cultural confusion between Witchcraft and Voodoo



Ways to pay:

By paypal.  Our paypal account is:

Please put ‘Cursing’ as an Instruction/Reference.

By card: phone the Museum on 01840 250 111 and complete the transaction using a credit or debit card.

By cash: pop into the Museum and pay at the counter

By cheque: send a cheque made payable to Museum of Witchcraft to our address: the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the Harbour, Boscastle, PL35 0HD.

Any issues, email the Museum:

We recommend that attendees book their rooms directly with the Wellington.