We're a research team using interactions with the supernatural to explore the emotional experiences and interior lives of ordinary people between 1300 and 1900. Using a range of methodologies and source types within three discrete but related research projects - spanning medieval to modern, and household to cosmos - we're working on books and articles, events and exhibitions, and are crowdsourcing the location of concealed objects and witchcraft memorials via interactive maps.
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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’...
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...
21 May 2018
Coral is a complex marine organism and has a calciferous skeleton. It is sometimes blood red and is vascular in its form. Therefore in Greek legend it was said to […]
24 April 2018
St Anne’s College, Oxford 17–19 September 2018 An international conference organised and funded by the Leverhulme Trust research project Inner Lives: Emotions, Identity,...