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The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, England holds the world’s largest collection of witchcraft memorabilia

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is located in the little village of Boscastle in Cornwall, south-west England. Housing authentic exhibits devoted to Freemasonry, Wicca, folk magic and ceremonial magic, the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic has the largest collection of witchcraft regalia in the world.

 

Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle (vor der Flut 2004), Cornwall. Photo CreditMuseum of Witchcraft in Boscastle (vor der Flut 2004), Cornwall. Photo Credit

 

Founded in 1951 by English folk magician Cecil Williamson, who needed a place to keep his personal collection of artifacts, the museum was first initially known as Folklore Centre of Superstition and Witchcraft and was located in the town of Castletown on the Isle of Man.

A sculpture of the Horned God of Wicca at the museum Photo CreditA sculpture of the Horned God of Wicca at the museum Photo Credit

The prominent Gerlad Garden, who was the “Resident Witch,” assisted Williamson at the museum. However, after their friendship declined, Williamson sold the museum to Gardner, who renamed it the Museum of Magic and Witchcraft.

Model of a cunning woman at the museum Photo CreditModel of a cunning woman at the museum Photo Credit

In 1954, Williamson opened his own museum in England and named it the Museum of Witchcraft. The museum changed between various locations, as it was often a victim of vandalism.

 

A Boscastle WitchA Boscastle Witch.Photo Credit

Finally, in 1960, Williamson established the museum at Boscastle. Six years later, he sold the museum to Graham King, who included the Richel collection of magical regalia from the Netherlands in 2000. The museum was renamed in 2015 to The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

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A weighing contraption to see whether someone was a witch (The Witch Trials). If someone was lighter than the Bible they were deemed a witchA weighing contraption to see whether someone was a witch (The Witch Trials). If someone was lighter than the Bible they were deemed a witch.Photo Credit

 

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Most of the exhibits in the museum are artifacts related to cunning folk and historical folk magic.

 

Ankle Shackle (The Witch Trials)Ankle Shackle (The Witch Trials) Photo Credit

There is a room in the museum named “Joan’s cottage” which recreates a traditional cunning woman’s cottage.

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Cernunnos (Celtic God Figure)Cernunnos (Celtic God Figure).Photo Credit

The museum also houses exhibits devoted to the witch trials in the early modern period, esoteric practices such as ceremonial magic, Freemasonry, alchemy and the modern Pagan religion of Wicca.

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Green Witch) Witchcraft and healing (healing potions) - The Museum of Witchcraft - Boscastle, DevonGreen Witch) Witchcraft and healing (healing potions) – The Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle, Devon Photo Credit

 

Hand of Fate The Museum of Witchcraft - Boscastle, DevonHand of Fate The Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle, Devon.Photo Credit

 

Magic of Christianity - The Museum of Witchcraft - Boscastle, DevonMagic of Christianity – The Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle, Devon Photo Credit

 

Neck Shackle (The Witch Trials)Neck Shackle (The Witch Trials) Photo Credit

 

Phallic wands - The Museum of Witchcraft - Boscastle, DevonPhallic wands – The Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle, Devon. Photo Credit

 

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The Hare Woman made in the 1960s by Lionel MiskinThe Hare Woman made in the 1960s by Lionel Miskin.Photo Credit

 

Witchcraft and healing (healing potions) - The Museum of Witchcraft - Boscastle, DevonWitchcraft and healing (healing potions) – The Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle, Devon.Photo Credit

 

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Several artefacts in the collection belong to prominent figures in the history of witchcraft and magic, such as ritual chalice used by the Thelemite magician Aleister Crowley or ritual swords used by  the noted Wiccan Alex Sanders.

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