Exhibition: Safeguards against Witchcraft
24 October 2017, 10:30 am - 19 February 2018, 4:30 pm
This fascinating exhibition looks into the customs and traditions used in the past to safeguard Cambridgeshire homes against evil forces. Using some of the most interesting objects from the Museum’s collection the exhibition explores the practices employed by house builders and home owners to protect their home from witchcraft including the use of spiritual middens or hidden objects, such as shoes, bones and witch bottles, secreted into walls, fireplaces and under the floor. Rarely displayed items will be on display to coincide with Halloween and the festive period. We are also hoping to collect stories of your finds during renovation or building work to further our understanding of local traditions in this area.
This exhibition is part of the Tracing Traditions Project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association.