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Todmorden, West Yorkshire
A home and meeting point for Folklore in the North of England.
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'70S KID'S HORROR TV AND ITS LEGACY
1st October 2022
Saker Tea Room, Halifax Road
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PROPHECY: FATIMA OR FICTION?
Saturday 8th October 2022
In 1917, three shepherd children witnessed a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary near Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady revealed three secrets to the children including a number of prophecies, all of which have come to pass in the intervening years.
Or so the official story goes...
This talk will take in saints, miracles, Spiritualists, conspiracies, the Cold War, imposters, trouble at the Vatican, lots of Popes, a nun, and aliens, to ask: What did the events at Fatima actually foretell, and are there more revelations to come?…
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Paul Degnan & George Murphy
Sunday 9th October 2022
Myths, Mysteries and Monologues- Tales Tall and Short
Come and be enthralled by this conjuring of characters, mysterious and humorous, bread and buttered in the hills and valleys of Upper Calder
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FOLK HORROR FROM NEWCASTLE
Saturday 15th October 2022
Icy Sedgwick: North country Sprites: Fairies or Ghosts?
Rich Blackett: Occult Tyneside: the Legacy of Black Jacky
Darren Charles: Urban Witchcraft
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Elizabeth Hopkinson- More Asexual Fairy Tales Launch Party!
Please join us in celebrating the launch of Elizabeth's third collection of ACE Fairy Tales! Her first two books have been hugely popular at the Centre, and we're looking forward to hearing Elizabeth read from her new book, speak about what led her to explore ACE representation in fairy tales and give you a chance to put questions to her. We will have drinks and nibbles, so please, no need to book, just come along and help us celebrate!
CONTEMPORARY FIRST-PERSON SUPERNATURAL ORAL NARRATIVES AND BELIEF
22nd October 2022, 4pm
Jacqueline Harris will share contemporary first-person supernatural oral narratives that she has collected and discuss the role of belief in influencing the way such stories are told and received.
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POISONOUS TALES FROM THE BACK OF THE APOTHECARY'S ALMANAC: A WEEKEND OF STORIES AND WORKSHOPS
12th-13th November 2022
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17th September, 2022
Ingrid invites you to spend an evening with a motley group of shapeshifters from myth and folklore.
Prepare to be entertained, enthralled, mystified and horrified as you find out why the man changed into a hawk, the woman into a deer, the boy into a grain of wheat, the girl into a wolf, and much more. You may never look at the living world around you in the same way again!
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You may bring your own drink to this event.
SPELLS AND POTIONS: MAGICAL ELEMENTS IN 18TH AND 19TH-CENTURY FOLK MEDICINE
10th September 2022
The advancement in witchcraft studies across Europe has shown that although decriminalisation of the act of witchcraft and magic did indeed take place across Europe from the end of the 18th century – mainly through a change in the legislation and a growing disinterest from European intellectuals and professionals – witchcraft and magic beliefs did not decrease at a popular level.
Join me on this journey throughout Italy and discover the most popular spells, incantations, potions, and materials used in the 18th and 19th- century and see how some of them have survived into the 21st century.
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Talk- Brian Hoggard- Within Walls: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft
27th August 2022, 4pm
In this talk Brian will talk about the evidence of witchcraft beliefs which has been discovered in the fabric of buildings throughout Britain and far beyond. Objects such as witch-bottles, dried cats, horse skulls, written charms and markings which have been carved onto surfaces are all testimony to these strong the beliefs which were once commonplace.
Brian has been studying history, archaeology and folk beliefs since his teens. His undergraduate dissertation focused on folk beliefs and witchcraft and, having previously read Ralph Merrifield's Archaeology of Ritual and Magic (1987), he noticed there was a huge amount of work which could be done to further explore the archaeology of witchcraft. At that point – back in 1999 – his research really escalated into a major project which has culminated in the publication of Magical House Protection: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft (Berghahn 2019).
This talk will take place in the Tea Room, afternoon teas will be available until 3.45pm. For tickets, see events tab.
20th August 2022, 4pm
There’s dark…and then there’s jet-black.
Jet, often referred to as ‘The Witch’s Stone’ remains one of the least understood gemmological materials on earth. With its roots in prehistory, jet has unusual and anomalous properties, and that these attributes, often described in Anglo-Saxon texts as eight powers, have resulted in its association with magic, witchcraft, and the occult for millennia. It’s present-day association with death and the macabre however, is a Victorian concept, a remnant of the deep wave of mourning which swept through the British Empire following the death of George IV in 1830. Modern pagan practices often seem at odds with the evidence presented in the archaeological record and the literature of classical antiquity. Have we lost touch with these old beliefs, or are they indeed hiding below the surface of our modern practices?
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MONEY DOES GROW ON TREES:
THE BRITISH COIN-TREE CUSTOM
13th August 2022, 4pm
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THE FOLKLORIC VAMPIRE AND ITS ENGLISH PROGENY: WHARRAM PERCY TO CROGLIN AND BEYOND
6th August 2022, 4pm
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TALK- THE SHADOW OVER ILKLEY
When twilight shadows fall across Ilkley Moor, strange things happen. Torches flame, flute music meanders beneath darkened boughs, heralding rites of Baphomet, Choronzon, and Yog-Sothoth. Elsewhere people camp at a newly discovered stone circle, beholding apparitions and glowing earth energies. Do they have something to do with the UFOs and Earth Lights that haunt the place? Magical rites, visions, and awakenings all happening in an area of 1670 acres.
Giants, cunning men, hermits, UFOs, witches, occultists, fairies: Ilkley Moor has attracted its own share of curious lore and esoteric characters over the centuries. This talk, by Phil Legard, explores the use of Ilkley Moor by West Yorkshire’s occultural milieu from the late 1970s to the 2000s, illustrating how the moor drew together loosely connected groups of chaos magicians, Ley Hunters, UFOlogists, witches, and Psychic Questers, whose presence can be felt to this day.
Phil Legard is a musician, lapsed chaos magician, lecturer, and PhD candidate with the Leeds School of Social Sciences. His current research explores the lived experience of occultism through autoethnography, phenomenology, and discourse theory. With Al Cummins he is the co-author of An Excellent Booke of the Arte of Magicke: The Magical Works of Humphrey Gilbert and John Davis (Scarlet Imprint, 2020).
Roses in Folklore and Song and Rose Balm Workshop
Sunday 24th July, 3-5pm
Inspired by the seasons and local plants, join folklore inspired musician and herbal enthusiast Alison Cooper to learn about the beautiful herb Rose. In the session you will have the opportunity to learn folklore and song surrounding the beautiful plant and take part in creating your own pocket sized tin of soothing Rose balm. The balm can either be plain in colour or a natural rosy red to use as a natural lip and cheek tint. Both options will be available!
All materials and ingredients will be supplied on the day and you will take home your own rose infused balm at the end of the session.
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