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WELCOME TO THE CENTRE FOR FOLKLORE MYTH MAGIC

Todmorden, West Yorkshire

A home and meeting point for Folklore and Storytelling in the North.
Arts Film Crafts Library Archive Education Workshops Exhibitions Storytelling Conferences Local Folk History
GRAND OPENING SATURDAY 21st MAY 2022
Opening times:
Monday/Tuesday 12-3pm
Wednesday-Friday 9.30am-3pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday- events only

 
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EXHIBITION AND TALK- JOHN BILLINGSLEY

Magical 'protections are clearly visible, but misunderstood: others are concealed within the fabric of the building. All are part of a vibrant body of folk magic in the past.' This talk will offer a 'guide to known examples of magical protection in Calderdale, showing what to look for and what it may mean. Whether you're interested in Calderdale's history and folklore, or renovating an old building, this' talk will be useful! Although the examples are Calderdale based, and you can go and hunt for them afterwards, many of the motifs are to be found across the UK and this talk will be a useful introduction to this area of study. For tickets, see events tab.

The month long exhibition is an introduction to the folklore of Todmorden and surrounding area, with words by John and pictures by John and Holly. Downstairs in the Saker Tea Room.

 

EXHIBITION AND TALK- COLIN LYALL

“A Landmark event in British UFO history”.. not as you might be forgiven for thinking, a rather pompous and opinionated description of the birth of Tod UFO meet. But rather a quote from Jenny Randles excellent book ‘Pennine UFO mystery’, a book which has at its heart an account of P.C. Alan Godfrey's encounter with a supposed alien craft in Todmorden.
The Godfrey event provided me with the inspiration to create a triptych pencil piece. This attempted to encapsulate in graphic form, the anomalous events that occurred before, during and after Godfreys bizarre life changing experience.
The subsequent drawing was exhibited at the Water Street Gallery in Todmorden over the summer of 2016. A steady stream of interest followed, both in the work and in the desire of visitors to find out more about Todmorden UFO heritage.
Well what would you do?… For tickets, see events tab.

Colin's month long exhibition will display a choice selection of his colourful and eye-catching  UFO Meet posters. Upstairs in the Folklore Library.

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The culmination of a photographic project documenting the wide variety of wildflowers to be found in Todmorden during Spring and Summer 2021, accompanied by associated folklore.

Wildflowers of Todmorden
by Holly Elsdon
21st May to 21st June 2022
Downstairs in the Tea Room