Book partly researched at the Museum

Book partly researched at the Museum

We received a really nice email the other day, it was addressed to Graham King, the former Museum Director and said: 

You may remember we met in 2011 when I was shooting footage of mazes and maze makers. I’m delighted to say that I have now written a book about mazes and labyrinths, which is going to be published by Penguin tomorrow.  

I wanted to thank you again for the time you took to meet me back in 2011. I think you’ll enjoy the book: it’s an unusually designed history and psychology of mazes and labyrinths, illustrated by a single red thread that runs throughout and wriggles into figurative images and maze designs. The designer has also played with the text orientation to reflect the turns of a seven-path classical labyrinth. You can see some more spreads on the amazon page:

You might be interested to hear a short segment from the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme yesterday: I met the reporter in Saffron Walden! It’s at 2hr 23m:

With warmest regards and best wishes,
Henry Eliot
As you might now, there are some wonderful labyrinth stones at Rocky Valley about three miles from the Museum. We have a leaflet which visitors can pick up for free which will direct them to the stones if they want to visit them when leaving Boscastle.  Cecil Williamson, the founder of the Museum said that the Museum was in the location it is in because of its proximity to these ancient stones.
“Three miles away from this spot you can find this pre-historic maze stone carved into a living rock face, proof that from ancient times man and his magic making with the world of spirit were active in this area. The centuries have passed and times have changed and yet all around us in this quiet corner of England there is a strange feeling that we are not alone and that the shades of persons passed on and over into the world of spirit are very close. That is why this Museum of Witchcraft is located here. One is standing on the edge of the beyond.”
We also have a labyrinth stone in the Museum, Cecil Williamson had this to say about it: 
“The riddle of the maze stones – well may the witch ponder the problem. To get a reading from them is like working the tarot cards – but once you master the system you treat them with respect. This stone came from a farm at Michaelstow.”
“This is a design which is found time and time again cut with care into the face of standing stones. The experts make their well-educated guesses as to its meaning. The witches of the south west have their own explanation as to its use and meaning. In brief, this maze-like symbol shows how one can enter and return from the world of spirit.”
We passed the email on to Graham and have obtained a copy of the book for the Museum library (it is a lovely work).  It is always great to hear from people who have spent time in the Museum and hear about their wonderful projects.  We hope to see Henry at the Museum again sometime soon.

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