Featured Zoom Lectures

Reserved – Coming Soon ?/?

This Zoom lecture by Professor Elizabeth Archibald will explore the complex medieval attitudes with which women were regarded.

White Elk: Chief Imposter of the Jazz Age – a Zoom talk by Paul Willetts

Paul Willetts shares the extraordinary, little-known Jazz Age adventures of the white American imposter, Edgar Laplante a.k.a. Chief White Elk.

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – a Zoom lecture by Ruth Franklin

An online Zoom lecture about one of the greatest American women writers of unsettling fiction, Shirley Jackson (1916–1965).

The Irish Goddess Morrigan – Lora O’Brien

This presentation will answer the questions: Who is She?; When and where did Her stories take place?

The Long Lost Friend: An American Grimoire – Dan Harms

This talk explores The Long-Lost Friend, an American grimoire that became a sensation in its native Pennsylvania and far beyond

The Untold Chapter Of British Traditional Wicca – Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips tells the story of this significant chapter in the story of the establishment and development of Wicca

Upcoming Zoom Lectures

More Treasures from The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic with Simon Costin – Zoom

Simon Costin, live from the museum in Cornwall where he will show and discuss some of his favourite treasures from the collection

The Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius – The Occult 1960s by Gary Lachman

How did the Morning of the Magicians turn into the Night of the Living Dead? Come and dig it, man!

Madeline Montalban: Magus of the Morning Star by Julia Phillips

This illustrated talk looks not only at her published work, but also her angelic course material and personal anecdotes from her students, a

J. Sheridan Le Fanu: Irish Master of Mystery – a Zoom talk by Jim Rockhill

Jim Rockhill gives an illustrated talk on the Irish ghost story writer and novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, who was born this day (28 Aug) in 1814.

The Historical King Arthur – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This presentation looks at the evidence for one in historical texts and archaeological finds and also at the way in which

Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon by Sue Tilley

Leigh Bowery soon established himself at the centre of London’s nightclub scene and has remained a cultish, iconic figure

An Evening in Asgard – The Home of the Norse Gods – Lena Heide-Brennand

This will be an evening of captivating tales about the main characters of Asgard and the creatures that existed alongside them

Cú Chulainn by Dr Mark Williams

This week we turn to the greatest of Irish heroes, who defends the entirely of Ulster single-handedly aged only seventeen

White Elk: Chief Imposter of the Jazz Age – a Zoom talk by Paul Willetts

Paul Willetts shares the extraordinary, little-known Jazz Age adventures of the white American imposter, Edgar Laplante a.k.a. Chief White Elk.

Witch-bottles from the 17th–20th Century – a Zoom talk with Brian Hoggard

An illustrated Zoom talk on this particular form of magical house protection, with Brian Hoggard.

Trolls in Nordic Myth & Folkore – Dr. Tommy Kuusela

This lecture will look closer at the history of the supernatural trolls in Scandinavia

Caribbean Folktales – an evening of storytelling with Wendy Shearer

Professional Storyteller Wendy Shearer has gathered together stories from many islands, with themes of magic and mystery, love and loss

Errol Fuller on Extinct Birds

The speaker will draw on a wide range of sources for his accounts of these birds, their habits and demise

Folklore, the Gothic and Urban Myth in Scooby-Doo – a Zoom talk by Mark Norman

Folklorist Mark Norman takes us through the real world folklore, urban myth and legend that populates the cartoon universe of Scooby-Doo.

Witch Trials in Iceland (1600 – 1720) – Dr Louise Fenton

Witchcraft in Iceland during the seventeenth century is less documented

The Modern History of Sex Magic – Dr. Manon Hedenborg White

This talk will also explore innovations in sexual magic during the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries

The Dress Macabre: Corsets, Skeletons, and Death in St. Bride’s Parish – Rebecca Gibson

This presentation will look at historical documentation from women who corseted, men who had opinions about it

The Museum of Drugs: Under the Influence – a history of drug use from early evolution to criminalisation – Ben Curran

The Museum of Drugs: Under the Influence - a history of drug use from early evolution to criminalisation

Rocks, Sonic Vibrations and Eco-Horror in Cornwall – Shelley Trower

The talk will focus on depictions of Cornwall’s rocks as vibratory, such as those found in works by D.H. Lawrence

Detegitur Benignitas Superna: Qabalah and the Early Days of Wicca – Jack Chanek

This talk explores what these figures actually had to say about Qabalah & its influence on their magic, showing what Qabalah had to offer

Vodou and Art : Between the altar and the market by Leah Gordon on zoom

Leah Gordon will discuss the possibilities and problematics of exhibiting Haitian art from her experience of co-curating PÒTOPRENS

Bewitched by K-pop: What Modern Witches Can Learn About Ritual Magic from South Korean Pop Music Idol Groups

This talk will analyse several popular K-pop performances through the lens of Western occult traditions, Chaos Magick, and Korean shamanism

Modern Druidry – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk is designed to consider those interactions, and the representations since 1700 of Druids as patriotic heroes, sages and scholars

Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, and the Fourth Way by Gary Lachman

What is the Fourth Way and is true that we are, as Gurdjieff, said, really nothing but machines? Make a super-effort to attend and see.

Lurking at the Threshold: Finding Enchantment Beyond Belief by Peter Bebergal

This talk will reveal how at the threshold is the possibility of enchantment as a creative and psychological experience

London Stone: from History to Myth – John Clark

London Stone: a mysterious block of stone in central London. What is it, and why are there so many myths about its origin and purpose?

Nature, Shamanism and Psychoactive Drugs in Greek Bronze Age Religion by Dr Caroline Tully

The lecture will also look at the presence of nature in ritual scenes, particularly sacred trees

Finn mac Cumaill / Finn mac Cool by Dr Mark Williams

We will be following their adventures and those of the Lord Finn tonight

The Irish Goddess Morrigan – Lora O’Brien

This presentation will answer the questions: Who is She?; When and where did Her stories take place?

Toward a new history of British wicca by Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips tells the story of this significant chapter in the story of the establishment and development of Wicca

Negotiating the Apocalypse with Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet by K A Laity

She wrote The Hearing Trumpet when still quite young though her heroine Marian Leatherby is a 92-year-old woman with bad hearing

Dark Mother of Mexico: An Introduction to La Santa Muerte – Tomás Prower

A guided exploration and explanation into Mexico's growing devotion to La Santa Muerte

Myths of Gods & Goddesses – Bedtime Stories with Sharon Jacksies

Sharon Jacksties takes you on a pan-European mythological journey that ends in Britain and Ireland

Queering St Ives – Dr Ian Massey

The talk will question established narratives about the St Ives artistic community, and in doing shine a new light on the history

Giants in Scandinavian mythology and folklore – Dr Tommy Kuusela

In this lecture, I will present different perspectives on giants

The Story of a Cornish Witch: Joan Wytte (Fighting Fairy Woman of Bodmin), the Archives and the Imagination by Helen Cornish

This talk looks at how the life and death of Joan Wytte has become a foundational stone for modern witches in search of practical ancestors

Motherhood, Mastication & Monstrosity: The Modern Female Cinematic Vampire – Rebecca Gibson

This presentation will examine ideas about motherhood, mastication, and monstrosity in these modern female vampire movies

The Nazis and UFOs – Michael Fitzgerald by Zoom

Michael Fitzgerald talks about The Nazis and UFOs

On Wildness, Witchery & things that go bump in the Night – Vivianne Crowley

She will be reflecting on the enduring and alluring world of witchcraft, what has changed, what has not, and what draws us to it still

Poppets and Magical Dolls by Lucya Starza

This lecture explores the history of poppets and their uses in modern witchcraft

Paganism and Folklore – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

The purpose of this talk is to find out why the early folklorists had such an interest in ancient paganism and such a conviction that traces

The Witch’s Feast : A History of Kitchen Witchcraft by Melissa Madara

This lecture will trace a lineage of culinary craft from the ancient world to the present, seeking out the tools and techniques

Ancient Witches & The Goddess Hecate – Prof Marguerite Johnson

This lecture discusses Hecate as the preeminent god of witches and the witches of Greek and Roman literature

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

The Treasure Seeker and other Suffolk Ghost Tales by Kirsty Hartsiotis

Kirsty Hartsiotis tells with spine-chilling freshness a selection of fabulous ghost tales from all corners of this beguiling county

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – a Zoom lecture by Ruth Franklin

An online Zoom lecture about one of the greatest American women writers of unsettling fiction, Shirley Jackson (1916–1965).

How the Freemasons Made the Modern World – Prof. John Dickie

Professor Dickie will talk about his surprising and enthralling bestseller - The Craft

Reserved – Coming Soon ?/?

This Zoom lecture by Professor Elizabeth Archibald will explore the complex medieval attitudes with which women were regarded.

More Mythical Creatures in Scandinavian Folklore – Lena Heide-Brennand

A follow-up lecture on more of the magical, mysterious and scary creatures we meet in Scandinavian folklore

Giovanna Parmigiani: The Spider Dance. Tradition, Time and Healing in Southern Italy

The Spider Dance makes some key practical and theoretical contributions to the study of contemporary religions

In the Fort Archive: Charles Fort and the Making of the Twentieth Century

A Zoom talk by Colin Dickey on the father of all things Fortean: Charles Fort

A history of Bird Taxidermy with Dr Pat Morris

The talk will explore how methods and motivations in taxidermy evolved to become a significant art form

Tarot Noir: William Lindsay Gresham’s Nightmare Alley by K A Laity

His preface to Charles Williams' tarot novel The Greater Trumps serves as a primer to the 'wicked pack of cards' and demonstrates his skill

The History and Future of the Wildcat in Britain – A Zoom talk with Derek Gow

Join farmer and conservationist Derek Gow as he discusses one of Britain's rarest and most enigmatic native mammalian predators.

River Tales from Britain and Ireland – Bedtime Stories from Lisa Schneidau

Storyteller Lisa Schneidau tells tall folk tales from the rivers, lakes and the streams of the British Isles. Expect tragic goddesses, dastardly dragons and an eel with attitude

Fairy Tales – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

The classic fairy tale is a story about how a person or a group of people copes with a supernatural event or a supernatural being,

Zombies: The New Dead – a Zoom talk with Roger Luckhurst

Professor Roger Luckhurst explores advances in medical science, the modern zombie story and its role in horror fiction and film.

Myrddin – the Welsh Merlin by Dr Mark Williams

We look at some early Welsh poems (one spoken by Myrddin to his pet piglet)

Russia’s Mystical Quest by Dr. Christopher McIntosh

In this talk Christopher McIntosh, author of the forthcoming book Occult Russia, will talk about Russia's mystical, esoteric and occult reawakening

The Untold Chapter Of British Traditional Wicca – Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips tells the story of this significant chapter in the story of the establishment and development of Wicca

Inside The World of Stonehenge – Dr. Neil Wilkin & Dr. Jennifer Wexler

Dr. Neil Wilkin & Dr. Jennifer Wexler will discuss their recent exhibition at the British Museum

The History of Christmas – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk is designed to explain when and how our familiar midwinter customs developed, and why

The Krampus & The Old, Dark Christmas with Al Ridenour / Zoom lecture

Explore the authentic folklore, history and contemporary practices associated with the Krampus with Al Ridenour

Suffolk Ghost Tales for Midwinter – Kirsty Hartiosis

So, it’s time to tell these winter tales, these stories of ‘spirits and ghosts that glide by night,’

The Long Lost Friend: An American Grimoire – Dan Harms

This talk explores The Long-Lost Friend, an American grimoire that became a sensation in its native Pennsylvania and far beyond

City of the Beast: The London of Aleister Crowley by Phil Baker

Phil will talk about his new book - City of The Beast: The London of Aleister Crowley - a work that combines biography and psychogeography to trace Aleister Crowley's life

The Last Wild Men of Borneo by Carl Hoffman – Zoom Lecture

Hoffman reveals both the grandeur and the precarious fate of the one of our last wild places

Fools and Wise Men – Michael O’Connor

In this talk he invites us to relax and enjoy a selection of such tales from the British Isles

How Culhwch Won Olwen and tales of Arthur by Dr Mark Williams

We are sticking once more with the Arthurian world, and introducing one of the best medieval Welsh tales: the story of Culhwch and Olwen

The Erotic Folktales of Norway – Lena Heide-Brennand

In this lecture we will be focusing on those steamy, hilarious and astonishingly graphic stories that have been passed down

Deirdriu of the Sorrows by Dr Mark Williams

This final talk introduces one of the most famous heroines of Irish literature, whose story was turned into numerous plays

The Magickal Women Ireland by Dr. Gillian Kenny

This talk will introduce listeners to the links between women and magic in Irish history and how women may have used ritual/spells

Radical Dreams and Chicago Surrealism: A Conversation with Penelope Rosemont, Abigail Susik, and Elliott H. King

The conversation will cover topics relevant to the display of Chicago surrealist pamphlets and posters at the current "Surrealism Beyond Borders" exhibition at the Tate Modern

Past Lectures

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

The Spiritualism Symposium: The Moment of Revelation – Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D

The Spiritualism Symposium by Shannon Taggart : The Moment of Revelation: Cases from New York's ‘Burned-Over District’ - Joscelyn Godwin

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit

Summoning the Spirits – Online Seance with Medium Patti Negri

Join psychic medium Patti Negri for an intimate online seance where each participant will have the chance to summon a specific spirit