Featured Zoom Lectures

The Boggart – a Study in Shadows: a Zoom talk by Dr Simon Young

A Zoom talk by Dr Simon Young on the boggart, a much-feared, little-studied supernatural being from the north of England

The Recognition of H. P. Lovecraft – a Zoom lecture by S. T. Joshi

An illustrated Zoom lecture on H. P. Lovecraft, the New England writer of weird, science-fiction and horror fiction, by S. T. Joshi.

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Zoom Lectures

Demonization: Xenophobia and the Other – Dr Stephen Asma

In this illustrated lecture Dr. Asma will explore how monster culture has played a role in antisocial representation of humans outside one’s

Welsh Fairy Tales by Viktor Wynd on Zoom

Welsh Fairy Tales featuring real fairies, myths and monsters from traditional storyteller Viktor Wynd

Summer Festivals – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This evening’s presentation maps out their history, and that of the rituals associated with them

Death of the Gods? From Paganism to Christianity in the Roman Empire – with David Walsh

Dr David Walsh gives us an illustrated Zoom talk on fourth-century Rome and its complex transformation from paganism to Christianity.

The Boggart – a Study in Shadows: a Zoom talk by Dr Simon Young

A Zoom talk by Dr Simon Young on the boggart, a much-feared, little-studied supernatural being from the north of England

Birds and People: The Exploration of a Love Affair by Mark Cocker on Zoom

Mark Cocker draws on examples explored in his massive and massively acclaimed book Birds and People

The Development of Austin Osman Spare’s Work – Michael Staley – zoom

In this illustrated talk, Michael Staley on the development of Austin Osman Spare's artwork

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

The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: England’s Best Documented Witchcraft Case by James Sharpe

The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: England's Best Documented Witchcraft Case by James Sharpe

The Spiritualism Symposium: Spirit/Vibration/Form: Study of Cymatics – Steve Bass

The Spiritualism Symposium, curated by Shannon Taggart : Spirit - Vibration - Form: The Study of Cymatics, with Steve Bass

Witchcraft, Wunderkammer and Weirdness!: Steve Patterson’s Cornish Cabinet of Magic and Folklore

In this talk we will be going on a walking tour of the “Gwithti a Pystri” via a short film produced by Gemma Gary and Jane Cox of Troy Books

Hilma af Klint & the occult milieu in turn of century Sweden by P Faxneld

The talk offers a guided tour through the occult milieu she was part of in Sweden

Cecil Beaton – Malice in Wonderland by Hugo Vickers – Zoom Lecture

In this talk, Malice in Wonderland, Vickers shares excerpts from his personal diaries kept during this period

The Cinematic Zombie: 1930 – 1969 by Dr Louise Fenton

Louise will show examples of how it was represented during this time and how the zombie began to be detached from its cultural origins

Strandings: Confessions of a Whale Scavenger by Peter Riley

Join Peter Riley for a discussion of his critically-acclaimed book, Strandings: Confessions of a Whale Scavenger.

The Occult Foundations of Nazism – Michael Fitzgerald by Zoom

Michael Fitzgerald talks about The Occult Foundations of Nazism: The Thule Group and the Vril Society

Ways of Thinking – From Crows To Children And Back Again – Professor Nicola Clayton

In this talk I will review some of the recent work on the remarkable cognitive capacities of food-caching corvids

The Hero Finn – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk is designed to ask when it originated, how it developed, and whether there was a real man behind it.

Elsa Schiaparelli’s Zodiac Collection by Dr Sabina Stent

This illustrated lecture will specifically revolve around Schiaparelli’s Zodiac Collection, exploring her fascination with the Solar System

Emily Rapp Black: Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg

Emily Rapp Black is a New York Times-bestselling author. Her most recent book, Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg

Memory and the spoken word in Indo-Iranian ritual – Prof Almut Hintze by Zoom

This talk, richly illustrated with images and film clips, discusses the technique, how enormous bodies of texts in an arcane language

Rudolf Steiner – Spiritual Scientist by Gary Lachman

Who was Rudolf Steiner? My lecture will go some way to answering that question

Dark Folklore – an illustrated Zoom talk by Mark Norman

In this illustrated Zoom talk, Mark will discuss some of the themes which he explores in his most-recent book, 'Dark Folklore'.

Magical protection marks in medieval and later buildings – a Zoom talk with Brian Hoggard

This presentation will explain the differences between the broad categories of esoteric marks found in old buildings

The Recognition of H. P. Lovecraft – a Zoom lecture by S. T. Joshi

An illustrated Zoom lecture on H. P. Lovecraft, the New England writer of weird, science-fiction and horror fiction, by S. T. Joshi.

The Spiritualism Symposium: Linen Veils and Lightning Mask – Leonard George, Ph.D.

The Spiritualism Symposium by Shannon Taggart : Linen Veils and Lightning Masks: Theurgical Mediumship of Late Antiquity, Leonard George

Folk Tales of Song and Dance from Pete Castle

In this set Pete Castle will explore musical stories and storytelling songs, mainly from the English tradition

Taliesin by Dr Mark Williams

Taliesin is the super-poet of Welsh tradition, the shapeshifting bard who has been everywhere and in everything

American Feminism & Sex Magic in the Late Victorian Era – Dr Christa Shusko

This talk examines the important if overlooked esoteric and feminist contributions of three American women

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

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

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.

The Rosicrucians: Who and What Are They? by Dr. Christopher McIntosh

In this talk, Christopher McIntosh, author of two books on the Rosicrucians, will explore this movement and its many-faceted impact.

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

Benin: History, Sacrifice and Vodun – Dr Louise Fenton

She will discuss the turbulent times, colonisation and the enslavement of people, human sacrifice and the culture that permeates all of this

The Festival of Lammas – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk looks at its history, in those three nations and in Scotland and at its wider context, as a possible ancient pan-Celtic

Gertrude Abercrombie’s Solitary Surrealism by Dr Sabina Stent

This lecture will focus on Abercrombie’s solitary Surrealism and how her still, isolated art offers us glimpses into marvellous worlds that feel excitingly alive.

The Hollow Earth theory – Michael Fitzgerald by Zoom

Michael Fitzgerald talks about The Hollow Earth theory

Marina Warner on Fairy Tales & From The Beast to The Blonde

In this talk Dame Marina Warner will discuss her book 'From The Beast to The Blonde - on Fairy Tales and their Tellers

Rosemary & Revenants: Necromancy in Early Modern England – Dr Al Cummins

This talk by historian Dr Alexander Cummins investigates the roles and powers of the dead in Western occult philosophy and magical practices

Between Two Worlds: On Art & Loss by Rochelle Roberts

Rochelle Roberts writes about her personal experience with the lingering ghost of grief and the ways in which she uses visual art

The Excellent Booke: A Manual of Sixteenth-century English Necromancy – Dr Al Cummins

This lecture by historian Dr Alexander Cummins analyses some of the techniques contained within this manuscript source

Touchstones of belief: a rich legacy of Charms and Amulets in Scotland by Professor Hugh Cheape

Touchstones of belief: a rich legacy of Charms and Amulets in Scotland by Professor Hugh Cheape

The Green Girl and other Suffolk Stories by Kirsty Hartsiotis

Storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis will take you into a hidden world of green children and wild men, tell the strange secret of Black Shuck

Sacred Waters: Healing Holy Wells and Folk Science by Dr. Celeste Ray

This talk identifies patterns in panhuman hydrolatry and asks how cultural perceptions of water’s sacrality can be employed to

Cunning Libraries: The Magic Books of Early Modern Folk Magicians – Dr Al Cummins

In this talk, by historian Dr Alexander Cummins will offer us a tour of such libraries, and present some key findings about the nature of magic, community

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.

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

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

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

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

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,

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 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

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

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

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