Recent talks by Museum Team

Recent talks by Museum Team

We have had lots of invitations to present talks this year – it seems like there is more interest in witchcraft and magic than ever.  In 2017, we have spoken at Lifton History Group, St Breward History Group, St Tudy History Group, The Cornwall Association of Local Historians and the St Columb Probus Club. 

On top of this, three different members of the Museum team presented talks at the end of October/beginning of November.

First up was Joyce Froome who spoke to around 50 A level students who visited the Museum on October 31st.  They are studying the Witch hunts in early modern Europe.  While half the group looked around the Museum, the other half enjoyed a talk by Joyce in the library on the Pendle Witch case (Joyce published a book on this subject called “Wicked Enchantments: the Pendle witches and their magic”).  

Later that evening, Judith Hewitt travelled down to Falmouth to give a talk at a Halloween party at a yachting club.  She spoke about the history of the holiday and the possible origins and meanings of some of the aspects of Halloween (such as pumpkins, the supernatural and costumes etc.).  One of our best sellers on the online shop this year has been the guidebook we wrote on the topic of Halloween for 2016’s exhibition.  

Glitter and Grave Dust: Halloween Past and Present

On November 1st, it was Peter Hewitt’s turn to present.  He was invited to speak by the Women’s Institute near Exeter on the topic of Witchcraft in the West Country.  Peter discussed notable witches such as Anne Jeffries and Joan Wytte but the majority of his talk revolved around the Cecil Williamson archive.  Cecil founded the Museum and the documents in the archive include information on individual witches he met and the objects that they used and created.  Below: a slide from Peter’s talk showing Cecil’s notes.  

All talks were well received and we look forward to reaching out to more interested parties in the future!  If you would like a member of the Museum team to speak to your organisation then please contact Judith Hewitt via email

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