The Museum of Witchcraft

I was on holiday last week, and one of the places we visited was The Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, Britain.

The first display was about the image of witches in the media.  I wasn’t really interested in this, so gave it a cursory glance and went on.  The other displays were fabulous and were about healing witchcraft, cursing and hexing witchcraft and sea witchcraft.  A lot of the examples of witchcraft were witchcraft from the area the museum is in.  The last display featured modern wiccan tools.  I felt that the traditional witchcraft exhibits would have been more effective than the modern-day stuff.

The most fascinating exhibit was Harriet.  Harriet is a head which was dipped in tar to preserve it centuries ago when skulls were often put in buildings as protective devices.  If you like skulls, you’ll love Harriet.

If you want to find out about traditional witchcraft (other than Gardnerian and Alexandrian) then this is a great museum to go to.  It was well worth the £4 entry fee and the only thing I was disappointed in was that there were only a few items on sale as I was hoping for some books on exhibits past and present.



  1. bwitch said,

    June 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    If you’re interested in books about the Museum, you might like to check out The Occult Art Company, the online store for The Musem. Currently in stock they have the “60th Anniversary The Museum of Witchcraft A Magical History” which contains illustrations “… with artefacts, tableaux and displays from the past and present, including the devastating flood of 2004“. I do know a friend of mine who purchased a book from the same company which contained images (only) of displays from the Museum. I can check the title next time I see her.

  2. June 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    If you could check the title then that would be great

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