MWM @ 70!

MWM @ 70!


One of Britain’s most unique and well loved independent museums, the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2021.

We have a variety of events and happenings planned to mark the occasion and will be releasing details in due course.

One significant commemorative project is the publication of a limited edition book and we’d like it to be a truly collaborative production, filled with contributions from you!

It could be memories of your first visit to the museum, a love letter to an object from the collection, an imaginary visit from those of you who haven’t visited in person or a photograph or painting. The brief is only limited by the T&Cs below:

Call for contributions

Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Anniversary Book

A new collection celebrating the museum’s seventieth anniversary:

-Maximum 1000 words of prose -NO POETRY- as a .doc or .docx file)

-An image (please compress for initial submission or use Dropbox /WeTransfer)

We reserve the right to edit submissions.

It may not be possible to include all submissions in the printed version of the book.
Contracts will be issued to all selected contributors for the book and online publication. There will not be a payment for work selected and published. All contributors will be notified of the outcome of their submission after the deadline.

Please email your submissions to:-

DEADLINE: 31st July 2020

The Witches Boat

The Witches Boat

We are delighted to announce the purchase of ‘The Witches Boat’, a pen and water colour painting by Richard. E. Clarke (1878-1954). Richard studied, and later taught, at the renowned Art School in Scarborough founded by artist, yacht designer, sailor and writer Albert Strange in the early 1900s. He gained recognition as a watercolourist and engraver, and exhibited at London galleries and at the Royal Academy, and at the Yorkshire Art Exhibition. He was also an art teacher at Scarborough Boys’ High School, and in 1937 became the first ever president of Scarborough Art Society, which still flourishes today.
Clarke was the younger brother of William James Clarke (1871-1945), the renowned naturalist and folklorist whose extensive collection of charms and amulets formed the basis of the popular Scarborough Art Gallery exhibition Fears, Foes and Faeries in 2012. Clarke’s tiny objects collected between 1913 and 1945 are not only fascinating in themselves but are also key to many tales of folklore and local superstition, some of which are on the verge of being lost to time and others that still survive in some form today.
The painting isn’t dated but seems to be circa 1920’s/30’s

The Museum is now closed

We will be opening for several days around Christmas and New Year and these will be announced at the end of November.

We thank all our visitors for coming to see us this year and supporting the museum. It has been a fantastic year for us and we are all now going to have a well earned rest!


BANNED BOOKS WEEK – 28th September

*28th September : GILLES DE RAIS WAS FRAMED :  BECOMING BLUEBEARD. ALEISTER CROWLEY’S BANNED LECTURE – Joyce Froome; a conversation > Play Webcast > The Banned Lecture : Becoming Bluebeard …



* 22nd September 2019 : Dr Thomas Waters – CURSED BOOKS? HARRY POTTER, RELIGIOUS CENSORSHIP & THE DELIVERANCE MINISTRY From the Grimoire to the Bodice Ripper – discover ancient magical …


MWM co-production of MAGIC FLUTE

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Goat of Mendes Mask

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New museum loans

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Museum History

We received this nostalgic image via our Facebook page. It shows Cecil Williamson’s original painting of a witch on her broomstick which has now been reproduced on the exterior of …


New window for a new season

Getting ready for the new season always involves thinking about the museum window. This year, Simon and Marti, (it was Marti who created the Stag’s head which graced the window …


May Conference Call For Papers

On May 18th & 19th  the Museum will host its annual conference on the subject of Isobel Gowdie to complement our 2019 exhibition. It will be held in the Wellington …


Qualified First Aid Museum Team!

Hannah, Joyce and Gypsy recently enrolled on a First Aid course and all passed with flying colours! Gypsy will also be attending a 3-day Health & Safety course shortly so …

See the full historical diary archive here