The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic!

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic!
Hey everyone!
Bit of a different post today as I’ve been off the radar a bit this week due to my annual visit to see my Grandma in Cornwall. I’ll be honest – I stupidly didn’t schedule or plan anything beforehand as I’ve been feeling so out of it but I did visit a very interesting museum whilst being here so I thought it might be of interest to some of you as it was certainly fascinating to me. So yeah, sorry for the lack of beauty related content in this post but I hope you enjoy nonetheless as I tend to throw in a random life post every now and again anyway.

Just a pre-warning, if you’re not a fan of gruesome/creepy stuff, you might not want to read on as I will be including photos!

The museum was called “The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic” and it’s located in Boscastle. We actually found it as me and my dad were watching the TV show ‘Pointless’ recently and it came up on there. With my love of gothic and dark things and our trip to Cornwall fast approaching, we thought why not pay a visit as it’s something different!
The entire area of Boscastle had a mystic vibe to it and was surrounded in shops such as ‘The Otherworld’ filled with healing crystals and incense, an authentic leather shop with pentagram printed bags (that I really wanted but were FAR out of my budget) and multiple more little independent boutiques full of skulls, tarot cards and starter spell books. As well as a pub called ‘The Cobweb Inn”, I loved it all, the vibe was SUPER cool there.
It was £5 general entry with a small little shop entrance selling witchy jewellery, incense burners, books, art prints and many more souvenirs. The woman serving who I could only assume was a witch herself, was super friendly. My first impression was that it seemed super small from the outside and possibly all of a bit of a money-making gimmick but as we entered the first proper part of the museum, it was clear to see it was all taken very seriously and written up in great detail which was brilliant as I find the idea of witchcraft so intriguing.
There was so much information to take in everywhere you looked that there’s no way you could remember it all from just one visit. So much so that we’re planning to go back again next year hopefully. There was cabinet after cabinet and drawer after drawer of figures, poems, books, board games and all sorts more in the first room and even some taxidermy! And of course just as you’d expect, a special little section talking about Macbeth.
As you walked through there were fact files on famous witches on all the walls and their stories, there are pieces of apparatus they used to prosecute them years ago or test whether they were an actual witch, which actually resulted in them dying either way so that really wasn’t an effective way, was it? But hey that’s the olden days for you.
Next there were voodoo dolls and LOTS of them, some of them really quite sinister. They also had a video playing that you could stand and watch but due to it being a rainy ‘summer holiday’ day, it was packed with noisy, bustling families so unfortunately we didn’t get to watch it or spend as much time absorbing all the information we wanted to.
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A wall of herbs to use in witchcraft spells that they also had all along the tops of the walls.
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A double headed pig that has been preserved, the pig is known as an animal that brings luck so they thought this was the most sacred thing that had to be kept.

Here’s a little replica room of a witch doing her business.
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Then up some stairs to a big room full of more art, figurines and information about their “leader/s” and symbolism.
These things are known as “piskys”, they have light and dark sides and are elf-like spirits but are quite mischievous. My interpretation is that it’s sort of like a figurine of karma. The pisky brings luck and help those who deserve it and cause havoc for the rich that exploit the poor. I think we need to send a few pisky’s to the house of commons!
As I said, there was so much information that I just couldn’t take it all in. Even if I wrote all that i did learn in this post, I’m sure I would absolutely bore everyone to tears so I’ll wrap it up here and hope you enjoy the photos! The main thing I gathered from this visit is that I think so many people see witchcraft as an evil and sinister thing because of its dark symbolism and the fact that it contacts worlds other than our own (believe what you like) but in reality the premise of it is all very calm and spiritual and just about giving people back what they deserve – which I don’t know about you, but I’m all for.
In todays society we seem to make fun of anything that’s not classed as normal but what really is normal? A witch putting together a cauldron and performing a ritual is essentially no different than a Christian going to church on a Sunday and praying so why is one so much more accepted? Just because we haven’t been exposed to it as much? The only way I’d ever become a religious person or so say part of some sort of ‘cult’ was if I had a personal epiphany, I feel like being a part of these things can restrict how you live your life so much and cause a lot of personal guilt that we really don’t need in todays world. You do you and only you.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on anything I’ve said in this post as i like discussion, do you think you’d visit this museum given the chance? What are your thoughts/interpretations on witchcraft and spirits?
‘Til next time,
BTB Xx
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  1. This is Kat.
    6th August 2017 / 4:56 pm

    This looks amazing, I don’t know how Ive never been before because I’ve been to Cornwall a lot! Will add this to my list of places to go to, and I have a brother who would be extremely interested in this!

    • 6th August 2017 / 5:26 pm

      I’ve been to Cornwall every year since I was about 4 and I’d never even heard of it until recently, I couldn’t believe it! You should totally go, it’s so worth the trip and money 🙂

  2. 6th August 2017 / 4:49 pm

    now i REALLY wanna go! If it rains whilst im in Cornwall I’m defo going to visit!

    • 6th August 2017 / 5:27 pm

      It’s so fabulous and informative, you should 100% go!

  3. Chloe Rennard
    6th August 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I was so near Boscastle in april, gutted I didn’t visit here! It looks so cool! X

    • 7th August 2017 / 11:07 am

      No way! You should deffo go if you ever get the chance again! X

  4. 6th August 2017 / 7:26 pm

    This place looks SO cool! I love spooky stuff like this so I might have to visit if I’m ever in the area! ☺️

    • 7th August 2017 / 11:09 am

      Deffo do it! You won’t regret it! X

  5. 6th August 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Wow! What an incredible place!! It looks seriously spooky, I’ll have to let my sister know about this place as she’s lives near Cornwall
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • 7th August 2017 / 11:08 am

      It is so interesting, it’ll definitely be the worth the trip! X

  6. 7th August 2017 / 9:52 am

    This is amazing! I need to go, I grew up with my mum who called yourself a white witch she had spell books, herbs & tarot cards to do readings! I would love to go here it looks incredible

    • 7th August 2017 / 11:06 am

      No way! That’s so awesome haha, you should deffo go if you get the chance 🙂

  7. 7th August 2017 / 10:31 am

    I’d love to visit here omg, am obsessed with witchcraft and paranormal stuff!

    Carla x

    • 7th August 2017 / 11:06 am

      It is so interesting, I’d definitely recommend going!! X

  8. 7th August 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I love random posts! A very interesting read and would love to go there one day. 🙂

    • blacktulipbeauty
      Author
      11th August 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Thanks very much 🙂

  9. 7th August 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I love this! Looks like such an awesome place to visit 😀 xx

    • blacktulipbeauty
      Author
      11th August 2017 / 8:24 pm

      It is brill! 🙂 Xx

  10. 7th August 2017 / 5:38 pm

    This is so cool girlie! I did my masters degree on witchcraft in the reformation era so love this kind of thing! Maybe not the dead pig though!
    Gonna get my shit sorted for our collab soon i promise! Been a right shitfor keeping up recently!

    • blacktulipbeauty
      Author
      11th August 2017 / 8:23 pm

      No way, that’s so awesome! Yeah the dead pig was kinda out there haha, yeah no probs girl, i’m the same haha. We’ll get it done soon 😀

  11. 7th August 2017 / 7:29 pm

    The first thing I thought when I read your title was Harry Potter. Haha! Sucha creepy but fascinating place!

  12. 7th August 2017 / 9:09 pm

    This post is amazing, I like the fact it’s different to your normal content ? I really want to visit this place now xx

  13. 8th August 2017 / 1:37 pm

    This sounds right up my street. I am so interested in witches and their history this looks like a really good place. Great post x

  14. 9th August 2017 / 4:47 pm

    omg this sounds class, I would love to visit some time.

    • blacktulipbeauty
      Author
      11th August 2017 / 8:21 pm

      It is so intriguing!

  15. 11th August 2017 / 1:43 pm

    This looks so interesting! Especially the witch testing part x

    • blacktulipbeauty
      Author
      11th August 2017 / 8:22 pm

      It’s quite harrowing but interesting! X

    • blacktulipbeauty
      Author
      11th August 2017 / 11:17 pm

      It is honestly fascinating! 🙂

    • blacktulipbeauty
      Author
      12th August 2017 / 1:34 pm

      It was super cool to visit! 🙂 X

  16. 18th August 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Boscastle is now on my travel bucket list. I love everything dark and gothic! Also, I used to practice wicca, so I’d love to visit this museum.

    Natalie | http://nataliesalchemy.wordpress.com

  17. 31st August 2017 / 7:40 pm

    This looks like a awesome place to visit, if im ever in the area i’ll be sure to check it out! Great post.

    • blacktulipbeauty
      Author
      31st August 2017 / 8:32 pm

      You totally should! Thank you 🙂

  18. 28th October 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Oh my god, this looks super interesting! I’ve never seen anything like this before. My aunty lives in Cornwall so I’m thinking I should take a look at this on my next visit!

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