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.
A wall of herbs to use in witchcraft spells that they also had all along the tops of the walls.
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.
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?