Featured Zoom Lectures

The Ravenmaster – The Corvids of The Tower of London – Chris Skaife – Zoom

The first intimate behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens of the Tower, the Ravenmaster himself shares the folklore and history

Marina Warner – Mary Magdalene and her Jar: Fragrant Oils, Luxury and Sin

In an illustrated zoom lecture Marina Warner will uncover the long associations of balm with the pleasures and solace of the East.

Village Witchcraft & Magic – Professor Ronald Hutton

Prof. Ronald Hutton will reveal a complex and fascinating world rich in magical tradition, in which cunning folk and charmers flourished

Leonora Carrington, My Mother – Gaby Weisz – Zoom Lecture

Leonora Carrington's Son - Gaby Weisz - talks about his recent memoir of his mother with Viktor Wynd - Zoom Lecture in collaboration with Morbid Anatomy

Upcoming Zoom Lectures

Witchcraft Curses of the Twentieth Century – Dr. Louise Fenton

Lecture on the collection of curses and cursed objects at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall

Tales of Wonder & Enchantment From The Arabian Nights by Viktor Wynd/Zoom

Let master storyteller join you for a nightcap, tuck you into bed and tell you bedtime stories, full of wonder from The Arabian Nights

Charles Waterton, Ecentric Taxidermist by Dr. Pat Morris, Live on Zoom

Charles Waterton used his texidermy skill to fabricate imaginary creatures,

Black John and the Pencarrow Hunt in Cornish Ballads – Dr. Merv Davey

The UnNatural History of Cornwall Lecture Series - the story of the Pencarrow Hunt and Black John

Women Surrealists with Professor Dawn Ades on Zoom

Join Professor Dawn Ades to explore the paradoxical role of Surrealist women artists in a movement that both elevated and silenced them

The Origins & Rituals of Absinthe: A Virtual Lecture & Tasting with Devil’s Botany

Explore the Origins & Rituals of Absinthe with a Virtual Tasting & Talk with Devil's Botany

Zoroastrianism and the Parsis – Professor Almut Hintze – Zoom Lecture

Once the official creed of mighty Persian Empires, Zoroastrianism probably had an influence on the religious ideas of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Tony ‘Doc ‘ Shiels – Reenchanted Landscapes of Cornwall – Dr.Rupert White

The UnNatural History of Cornwall - on artist Tony 'Doc'Sheils 'the Weirdest Family in The Land

Tammy Blee’s Cabalistic Agency – Jason Semmens – Zoom

Although much has been written about the historic folk-magic practitioners known as cunning-folk in recent years, in-depth accounts of

Carl Hoffman on the Death of Michael Rockefeller – Zoom Lecture

Carl Hoffman will talk about his book – Savage Harvest

Encounters with The Uncanny with Helen Cornish

Encounters with the uncanny: the land beyond the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic - Zoom Lecture

Traditional Fairies – Professor Ronald Hutton Zoom Lecture

Examining the older, darker, more scary and more serious world of traditional British and Irish peoples who lived alongside fairies

M.r. James Fireside Ghost Stories with Robert Lloyd Parry, Live on Zoom

Join acclaimed performer Robert Lloyd Parry as he brings to life the beloved ghost stories of M.R. James

Kate MccGwire’s Marvellous Menagerie by Dr Catriona McAra – Zoom Lecture

Kate MccGwire is joined by Catriona McAra to explore the themes of the feminine grotesque that have come to characterize MccGwire's work

Vodún Secrecy and the Search for Divine Power – Timothy R. Landry by Zoom

Timothy R. Landry examines the connections between local Vodún priests and spiritual seekers who travel to Bénin

The Making of Magical Cornwall with Dr Amy Hale

This talk will explore the historical development of magical Cornwall in the cultural imagination - Zoom Lecture

The Philosophy of Monsters in Ancient Greece & Rome – Dr Stephen Asma

In this lecture Dr. Asma will explore some of the dominant types of monsters in ancient Western literature, natural history, and philosophy

Lilith from Demon to Feminist Icon – Per Faxneld

The talk follows Lilith's trajectory from her origins as an evil entity in Jewish folklore and demonology, to being a feminist icon today.

Surrealism and Crime: A Live Zoom Lecture by Jonathan P. Eburne

Join Professor Jonathan P. Eburne to explore how crime informed the surrealist movement in Europe

Piskies & Pobel Vean: Cornwall’s Capricious Little Folk/ Siân Esther Powell

So, let us explore the Cornish Pobel Vean, just how harmless are they really? - Zoom Lecture hosted Dr Amy Hale

The Natural History of Ghosts: A Lecture by Roger Clarke

Why do we need ghosts? How many kinds of ghost are there? What are they? And where are they? Join film-writer Roger Clarke to find out.

A World on The Wing – Bird Migration with Scott Weidensaul

Bird migration remains perhaps the most singularly compelling natural phenomenon in the world.

CABARETS OF DEATH – Zoom Lecture from Joanna Ebenstein

CABARETS OF DEATH - Playing with Death and the Afterlife in Popular Amusements A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with historian Joanna Ebenstein

Galen: most-celebrated physician in the ancient world – Vivian Nutton /Zoom

Join Vivian Nutton to learn about the most-celebrated doctor in the ancient world: Galen of Pergamum (129-ca. 216 CE) Zoom Lecture

Phil Baker On Austin Osman Spare – Zoom Lecture

The Artist & Occultist's biographer tells all in this Zoom lecture in collaboration with New York's Morbid Anatomy

The Tarot of Leonora Carrington – Teresa Arcq

The recent discovery of a suite of tarot designs she created for the Major Arcana was a revelation for scholars and fans of Carrington alike

Animal Transformations: Selkies, Werewolves and Witch-Hares – Dr Larrington

Join Professor Carolyne Larrington on an exploration of the strange folkloric world of animal transformations / Zoom lecture

Witch Hunting in England and America, 1645–52 by Professor Malcolm Gaskill

Just in time for Halloween, Professor Malcolm Gaskill shines a light on a decade rife with self-professed witchfinders in England and abroad

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 History of Halloween with Professor Ronald Hutton on Zoom

Explore the history of Halloween—from its murky pagan past and supernatural associations—with Professor Ronald Hutton on Zoom

M.r. James Fireside Ghost Stories with Robert Lloyd Parry, Live on Zoom

Join acclaimed performer Robert Lloyd Parry as he brings to life the beloved ghost stories of M.R. James

The Magical Mind of Ithell Colquhoun, Surrealist & Occultist – Dr. Amy Hale – Zoom Talk

Lecture on one of the most interesting, dynamic, and theoretically sophisticated women Surrealists & Occultists by Dr.Amy Hale

The Cult of Mithras – David Walsh – Zoom lecture

The cult of Mithras was an esoteric religion that existed in the Roman Empire from the 1st to the 4th centuries CE

Welsh Witches – A Lecture by Richard Suggett on Zoom

Can't wait till next Halloween? Join Richard Suggett for a fascinating look at the people and places associated with witchcraft in Wales

Grimoires & Magical Books – Owen Davies

Owen Davies illuminates the many fascinating forms these recondite books have taken and exactly what these books held. Zoom Lecture

Medieval Monsters, and the Problem of Evil – Dr Stephen Asma

In this lecture Dr. Asma will explore some of the dominant types of monsters in ancient Western literature, natural history, and philosophy

Mabinogi – the Hanging of a Mouse – Welsh Stories – Hugh Lupton

One of the central concerns of the Mabinogi is the uneasy relationship between this world and Annwn, the Otherworld, performed over zoom

Tattoo: An Art History – Dr Matt Lodder – Zoom lecture

Lodder reveals how tastes and technologies have affected the type of images being tattooed; how innovations in both style and method percola

Magical House Protection: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft – B Hoggard

Zoom lecture to learn about the material evidence of witchcraft beliefs which have been discovered in the fabric of building throughout the

Dorothea Tanning – Illustrated Zoom Talk by Alyce Mahon

Join Professor Alyce Mahon for a lecture on Dorothea Tanning

The Flying House of Loreto – Dame Marina Warner

The story of this holy house and its ‘wondrous flittings’ in relation to ideas about losing home and remaking it, exile & settlement

Village Witchcraft & Magic – Professor Ronald Hutton

Prof. Ronald Hutton will reveal a complex and fascinating world rich in magical tradition, in which cunning folk and charmers flourished

Arthurian Legend – Elizabeth Archibald – Zoom lecture

For more than a thousand years, the adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have been retold across Europe

The Ravenmaster – The Corvids of The Tower of London – Chris Skaife – Zoom

The first intimate behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens of the Tower, the Ravenmaster himself shares the folklore and history

Children of the Night: The History of the Wolf in Britain – Derek Gow/ Zoom

The wolf’s strange imaginative hold over us is reflected in the wealth of spurious falsehoods that persisted about it long after the species

Scientific Monsters: Natural History, Teratology & Extraordinary – Dr Stephen Asme

In this lecture Dr. Asma will explore some of the dominant types of monsters in ancient Western literature, natural history, and philosophy

The Cornish Gothic: Haunted Cornwall in Victorian Literature – Joan Passey

This talk asks why Cornwall was such a fertile site for the Gothic imagination at this time, and why a Gothic Cornwall - Zoom Lecture

The Making of a Messiah: Beginner’s Guide to Isidore Issou – Andrew Hussey

Join Andrew Hussey for a zoom ecture on Isidore Isou

Beau Dick and the Ceremonial Art of Potlatch with John Cussans

Join artist and educator John Cussans to learn about Beau Dick, the influential Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation Artist and Activist

New Orleans Voodoo, A fully illustrated lecture by Dr Louise Fenton

In this lecture Dr Louise Fenton will take you on a journey through the history of Voodoo

Folklore and Strange Tales of Cornwall’s Seas – Joan Passey

‘Let us catch the sea-wolves falling on their prey’: Folklore and Strange Tales of Cornwall’s Seas - Zoom Lecture

Eroticism and Surrealist Sewing Machines by Dr Abigail Susik – Zoom

Surrealist sewing machines and the surrealist movement’s interest in female masturbation as a form of social-sexual resistance

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

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