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Children’s half-term lecture (online): Cats, Bats, and Pointed Hats: Halloween and the history of witchcraft

Children’s half-term lecture (online): Cats, Bats, and Pointed Hats: Halloween and the history of witchcraft

As shadowy figures walk our streets, clutching broomsticks, cauldrons, and pointed hats, we ask why witches and magic came to be associated with Hallowe’en. We’ll take a journey back to the 17th century to investigate beliefs about witchcraft in the past, act as historical detectives gathering stories and evidence, and find out where some of our Hallowe’en traditions really come from.

Helen Parish is Professor of History at the University of Reading. She specialises in the history of religion and magic, and the study of the relationship between the natural and the supernatural in Europe between 1400 and 1800.

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Date:
28 October 2020
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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+44 (0) 118 378 6718
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