Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle

While we were in Cornwall, I made sure to visit the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle. It’s a rather interesting mix that appears to have been assembled by modern occultists, as it not only covers the history of witch trials, and folk magic, but also contemporary BTW and related traditions. When we entered there was some kind of pagan music cd playing with all the familiar chants. At first it was a little hokey (especially the lifesize diorama of the wise woman’s cottage), but it got more interesting upstairs, where there were displays of actual folk magic finds from the local area, and pieces from the personal collections of people like Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley.

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yours truly at the witch museum

instruments to determine witchcraft

instruments to determine witchcraft

stangs

stangs

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phallic talismans, all from one fellow's personal collection

phallic talismans, all from one fellow’s personal collection

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Crowley memorabilia

Crowley memorabilia

this was neat to listen to, as I hadn't known it existed - he has a surprisingly high-pitched voice.

this was neat to listen to, as I hadn’t known it existed – he has a surprisingly high-pitched voice.

~ by Dver on May 7, 2013.

7 Responses to “Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing, I have always wanted to visit, it’s on our Bucket list!!!

  2. Wow, such great artifacts. Those stangs are impressive!

  3. That is so cool! That museum and the one in Iceland are on my “places to see before I die” list.

    • The phallic museum? I’ve been there too! :) Hey, when you’ve got one day in Reykjavik, you have to prioritize!

  4. This is one of my favourite places! I used to live in Cornwall, but still go to Boscastle and the museum everytime I go back to visit my parents!

    • It was surprisingly impressive. And the town of Boscastle is very picturesque. Glad we took the time on the way to Tintagel.

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