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Exhibition: Safeguards Against Witchcraft
10 February, 10:30 am - 25 March, 5:30 pm
We have extended Safeguards Against Witchcraft until Sunday 25 March 2018, to take account of our temporary closure for spring cleaning during the month of January
For centuries, builders and homeowners secreted spiritual middens, such as shoes, bones and witch bottles, in the walls, fireplaces and under the floors in order to protect their property, their kin and themselves from the forces of witchcraft.
Using some rarely displayed objects from our own collection, we are exploring the customs and traditions that guarded Cambridgeshire homes against evil intent. We are also collecting your stories about any finds that you may have made during renovations and building work, in order to further our understanding of local traditions in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire.
What should you do if a witch tries to enter your house? Read our blog to find out more
This exhibition is part of Tracing Traditions, a project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and delivered by the Museums Association