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" The world is mud-luscious

and puddle-wonderful "

e.e.cummings

The Museum of Witchcraft

March 10th, 2008

I’ve just come back from attending the Pagan Federation’s Southwest conference in Cornwall. After a splendid day of talks, and then entertainment in the evening from the inimitable Damh the Bard, I finally got to visit the Museum of Witchcraft at Boscastle. I had expected it to be rather tacky, but found that it is really well worth visiting. The flooding of 2004 brought a  tide of water and mud into the museum, and the tide mark is shown: it must be at about 5 feet. Graham King, who runs the museum now, explained how they spent weeks sifting through mud to rescue the exhibits. The result is that the museum now has a fresh, welcoming atmosphere, and achieves the goal of conveying to the visitor the rich heritage of magic that exists in these islands.  And the archives upstairs are a dream come true for anyone who is interested in the serious study of magic.

I now need to work strenuously on not immediately planning two years away from work to spend time in the archives at Boscastle while studying esotericism and magic at Exeter University. Oh for more time!