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Walking the Pendle Witch Trail

13 September 2018

One of the unexpected highlights of my work on the Inner Lives project has been my regular extracurricular jaunts into the East Anglian countryside in search of supernatural, and especially...

Prepare to be Spellbound: Our Ashmolean Exhibition is Now Open!

31 August 2018

I’m delighted to announce that Spellbound: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, the project’s exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology on which I’ve been...

Spheres of Influence: The Magical History of the Witch Ball

11 June 2018

Witch balls are globes of glass, with a hole in the top, often suspended in doorways or windows. They were made in most glass factories across Europe as glassblowers’ ‘whimsies’...

Object Lessons: The Concealed, Revealed, and Displayed

30 May 2018

‘Any idea of value?’. This question was posed to me by the coordinators of the project’s exhibition Spellbound: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, opening at the Ashmolean...