Featured Zoom Lectures

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

Robert Aickman – Master of the ‘strange story’: a Zoom talk by R. B. Russell & Rosalie Parker

R. B. Russell and Rosalie Parker talk about the master of 'strange stories', Robert Aickman (1914–1981).

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

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

Welsh Fairy Tales by Viktor Wynd on Zoom

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

Upcoming Zoom Lectures

The Making of Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker on Zoom

Birds Britannica was described as ‘a triumph’ and as ‘a bird book like no other’ when it was published in 2005

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

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

Metaphysical Michael Jackson – Shannon Taggart – Zoom lecture

This illustrated presentation will consider Michael Jackson’s curious dead/alive status and explore him as the ultimate liminal figure

Freemasonary and Paganism – Professor Ronald Hutton Zoom Lecture

This talk is intended to discuss the origins of Freemasonry, and the development of its ritual, and its relationship with the occult

Dennis McKenna on Psychedelics and evolution: the ‘Stoned Ape Theory’

Dennis McKenna presents an exclusive lecture discussing brand new reflections, theories and findings on the theory based on his ‘Stoned Ape'

Surreal Things – Surrealism and Design – Ghislaine Wood – Zoom

Ghislaine Wood will discuss her influential 2007 exhibition at The V&A

Empire of Booze – Henry Jeffreys by Zoom

Join award-winning drinks writer Henry Jeffreys for a journey through history and alcohol.

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

The Seed Sistas – Passion Potion Workshop

During the evening we will – Discuss herbal aphrodisiacs, explore the individual plants and preparations in the passion potion

A brief history of the magic mushroom by Andy Letcher on zoom

In the twinkling of an eye: a brief history of the magic mushroom

Irish Gods – The Túatha Dé Danann – Dr Mark Williams by Zoom

This second talk takes listeners through a magnificent saga from the ninth century, The Second Battle of Moytura

Tales From The Arabian Nights by Viktor Wynd for Valentine’s Day by Zoom

This Valentines let Viktor Wynd share a nightcap with you, tuck you into bed and tell you Erotic Tales of Wonder & Magic

Austin Osman Spare with Phil Baker by zoom

This talk will offer insights into Spare’s art, mind and world, reconnecting him with the art history that ignored him

Extreme Taxidermy by Dr. Pat Morris, Live on Zoom

This talk will focus on two of the most challenging and intriguing aspects of taxidermy.

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

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

The Goddess Brigid – Professor Ronald Hutton Zoom Lecture

This talk is designed to look at the evidence for both goddess and saint, and the possible relationships between them.

Dorothea Tanning – Illustrated Zoom Talk by Alyce Mahon

Join Professor Alyce Mahon for a lecture on Dorothea Tanning

How To Love Animals – Henry Mance by zoom

Many of us consider ourselves animal-lovers, so why is our society bad at making life better for animals?

The Wicked Stepmother in Early America with Prof. Leslie Lindenauer by zoom

This Zoom lecture explores the role of the evil stepmother in early American popular culture

Inner Monsters: Psychopaths and Psychologizing Monsters – Dr Stephen Asma

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Asma will examine the transition from traditional external monsterology (e.g., creatures, demons, etc

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

Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Magician in the World – Gary Lachman – Zoom

A Short History of Modern Occultism in Three Lectures - Lecture 2 of 3 is Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Magician in the World

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 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

Occult Nationalism and the Irish Revival – Dr Mark Williams by Zoom

This third talk turns to writers in English, and looks at how the Irish gods were resuscitated and reimagined in modernity as symbols

Hedgehogs by Dr. Pat Morris, Live on Zoom

He has been involved in hedgehog research ever since and will describe aspects of its natural history

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 Future of Psychedelic Spirituality by Rick Strassman on Zoom

He will discuss the prophetic model, its relevance to the psychedelic state, and advantages over the mystical unitive approach.

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

Robert Aickman – Master of the ‘strange story’: a Zoom talk by R. B. Russell & Rosalie Parker

R. B. Russell and Rosalie Parker talk about the master of 'strange stories', Robert Aickman (1914–1981).

C.G. Jung, Lord of the Underworld – Gary Lachman – Zoom

A Short History of Modern Occultism in Three Lectures - Lecture 3 of 3 is C.G. Jung, Lord of the Underworld

Welsh Fairy Tales by Viktor Wynd on Zoom

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

The God Lugh and the Morrigan – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk is to discover what the actual evidence is of both and to see whether a closer relationship can be made with either in the process

Scrying: Crystals Balls, Dark Mirrors and Vessels of Water by Lucya Starza

In this talk Lucya Starza will reveal the secrets of the scryer’s art, and explain methods that can help you cultivate second sight

Kenneth Grant – Austin Osman Spare Abstract by Michael Staley on zoom

In this illustrated talk, Michael Staley discusses Kenneth Grant's presentation of Austin Osman Spare

The Lily Dale Symposium: The Ancient Oracles Revived – Marjorie Roth, Ph.D.

From The Lily Dale Symposium Shannon Taggart : The Ancient Oracles Revived: Sibyls, Spirits, and the Power of a Woman's Voice, Marjorie Roth

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

The Mythical Creatures of Scandinavian Folklore – Lena Heide-Brennand by Zoom

A live, illustrated Zoom lecture with Lena Schattenherz Heide-Brennand, Master of Literature and Language.

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

The Magic and Mystery of Birds: A Journey into Modern Voodoo by Mark Cocker

Author Mark Cocker talks about his personal journey to understand the magical practices in Africa and what they tell us about human belief

Philosophizing Aliens, UFOs, and Astrobiology – Dr Stephen Asma

In this illustrated lecture Dr. Asma will examine the essential philosophical issues surrounding the existence of alien life, UFOs

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

Merlin – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

You are invited this evening to explore the original sources of his legend, and see if we can understand where it began and how it developed

Cornish Bards and Witch Hunting in Cornwall in the early Twentieth Century

This talk by Jason Semmens on two Cornish Folklorists who specialized in collecting Cornish Witchcraft in the early 20th century

Lily Dale Symposium: Spiritualism, Science of Crime – Cathy Gutierrez, Ph.D

From The Lily Dale Symposium, curated by Shannon Taggart : Spiritualism, the Science of Crime and Early Forensics, with Cathy Gutierrez

The Hollow Earth theory – Michael Fitzgerald by Zoom

Michael Fitzgerald talks about The Hollow Earth theory

An introduction to Arthur Machen – a Zoom talk by James Machin

James Machin gives an introduction to Welsh writer Arthur Machen, ‘The Flower-Tunicked Priest of Nightmare’

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

Join Andrew Hussey for a zoom ecture on Isidore Isou

Alexandrian Witchcraft: an Ascent to the Numinous by Sharon Day

The late Alex Sanders, "Ascent to the Numinous" might not at first be the term that springs to mind when considering his heritage

The fluid world of Ithell Colquhoun – Dr. Richard Shillitoe

Her navel is a pool of water lilies": the fluid world of Ithell Colquhoun - Dr. Richard Shillitoe - hosted by Dr. Amy Hale

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

Lily Dale Symposium: Nature, Enchantment, Paranormal – Jack Hunter, Ph.D.

From The Lily Dale Symposium, curated by Shannon Taggart : Nature, Enchantment, and the Paranormal, with Jack Hunter, Ph.D.

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

Summer Festivals – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

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

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

Austin Osman Spare’s Development Abstract by Michael Staley on zoom

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

The Nazis and UFOs – Michael Fitzgerald by Zoom

Michael Fitzgerald talks about The Nazis and UFOs

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

Lily Dale Symposium: Spirit/Vibration/Form: Study of Cymatics – Steve Bass

From The Lily Dale 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

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.

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

Lily Dale Symposium: Linen Veils and Lightning Mask – Leonard George, Ph.D.

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

King Con: the Jazz Age’s greatest imposter – 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.

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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