peck o’ trouble by artist Suzanne O’Haire with guest speaker, Simon Costin


As part of Suzanne’s exhibition at the Recency Townhouse in Brighton, Suzanne O’Haire will present a series of 34 domestic-scale sculptural assemblages, titled beyond belief, made predominately out of discarded objects, castings from disposed packaging and elements of neon lighting. Permanent structures will emerge from impermanent matter, where arrangements of acrobatically stacked, bundled or tentatively balanced forms will perform as supposed magical sigils or spells.

O’Haire wants this work to encourage conversation regarding a presumed connection between the making of art and notions of magic. She has invited Sally O’Reilly (writer), Simon Costin (Director of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic) and David Bramwell (writer/broadcaster) as guest speakers. All three have revealed a distinctive slant towards the occult within their own work and will give talks within the duration of the show.

Simon’s talk is now completely sold out but do contact the venue in case of cancellations.


Winter Opening dates

The Museum is now closed but as of the last few years, we will be opening before and after Christmas from 12 noon and closing at 4pm. Here are the dates –

Sat 22nd Dec
Sun 23rd Dec
Mon 24th Dec
Fri 28th Dec
Mon 31st Dec
Wed 2nd Jan
Thurs 3rd Jan
Fri 4th Jan
Sat 5th Jan

We look forward to seeing you over the festive period!



The Northern Witan. Saturday, March, 16th 2019

The Northern Witan, a Symposium of Traditional Witchcraft and Folk Magic, is a series of five lectures presented by practitioners and scholars exploring themes relating to to Witchcraft and Folk Magic. The accompanying market is open to the public. The event is graciously sponsored by the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Saturday, March, 16th 2019

More details can be found here –

Wood blocks from 1720

New Acquisition

We have been lucky to recently acquire these two incredibly rare woodblocks, originally used to illustrate The History of Witches and Wizards, 1720. John Crabb, author of Graven Images: The …


Iconic objects on show

Several months ago Simon flew to Ireland to meet with friends, Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone. Janet had kindly decided that she would like to pass on two iconic items …


Sneak peek at our new door!

Here’s a link to an interview with the artist Paul Atlas Saunders.  He has been busily creating a fantastic door that will greet people as they enter the Museum, to …


Letter from Cecil Williamson

We received a letter in the post which included a much older letter.  A visitor to the Museum had written to Cecil Williamson (Museum founder) in 1985 about labyrinths and …


“Beware of Bats” by Enora Boivin

Above, a painting by David Teniers the younger of a witch and a bat-headed demon. Pursuing my quest of archiving documents written by Cecil Williamson, I came across few documents related …


New additions to the Museum library

The Museum library has over 8000 titles in it.  This includes DVDs, VHS, audio, magazines, journals and books, books, books!  You are very welcome to book some time in the …


Museum objects in York exhibition

If you aren’t able to visit the Museum in Cornwall, a selection of our objects will be on display in York’s Barley Hall run by the York Archaeological Trust.  Their …

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