The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

When one thinks of persecuting and burning witches, one imagines long-ago rural England or Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690s. However in England persecution of “witches” lasted well into the 1950s , at least in the form of attacks on the Museum of Witchcraft.

n a beautiful whitewashed cottage beside Boscastle's historic harbour is one of Britain's most popular independent small museums, dedicated to the history of witchcraft and magic. Though the museum focusses on Britain, it includes information on magical beliefs and practice around the world and across many cultures. From small beginnings the museum now boasts world's largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts.

Most of the exhibits focus on historical folk magic and healers, sometimes known as white witches or cunning folk. One display mimics the interior of a traditional cunning woman's cottage, with a 19th century woman seated at her kitchen table, surrounded by commonly used herbs and tools for divination.

There are exhibits on witch trials throughout British history, and on the Pagan religion of Wicca. Then there are displays on more esoteric subjects like alchemy, ceremonial magic, and even Freemasonry. One small display highlights Satanism, making a clear distinction between it and modern Pagan witchcraft.

Some of the artefacts on display were owned by famous witches. There are talismans made by Gerald Gardner, founder of Wicca, ritual swords used by the Wiccan Alex Sanders, and a chalice owned by Aleister Crowley, the famous (or infamous) occultist. Enjoy an amazing day with friends or family at this venue.

Contact

Boscastle

National Trust Information Centre

The Harbour

Boscastle

Cornwall

England

PL35 0HD

Tel: 01840 250 010