Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain

From 2 April 2016

Courtesy of the Doreen Valiente Foundation
Courtesy of the Doreen Valiente Foundation

Free with Preston Manor admission

A unique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents, from the Doreen Valiente Foundation. In 2013 Doreen made posthumous history by being the first witch to be awarded a blue plaque on her home in Brighton to commemorate her life and honour her achievements.

Also on display during Brighton Festival Gerald Gardner’s original handwritten book of witchcraft rituals, from the 1940s – one of the primary source documents for the worldwide religion now known as Wicca. Known as a ‘Book of Shadows’ it contains Gardner’s notes for rituals and magical work from the earliest days of this movement. Most modern witches now have their own ‘Book of Shadows’, with a great many based on this original work.

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