In the last 2nd of November, Londoners saw the spookiest and weirdest exhibition this Halloween: The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic + The Museum of Curiosities at The Last Tuesday Society.
Take a sneak peak at Cornwall’s creepiest Museum of Witchcraft & Magic brought by Simon Costin and Viktor Wynd’s at The Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, in east London.
“Magic and Witchcraft have been with us since the dawn of time and belief in them is just as strong now as it ever was. The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, which was first opened in 1951, has the largest and most remarkable collection of witchcraft-related objects and books in the world, focusing on an important aspect of British folk culture which has often been overlooked and misunderstood.”
The visit is a must for those interested in the underground world of mysticism and lovers of the occult. If this resonates with you, the house of bewildered objects will make you feel at home and travel in time to the ancient world of magic and forbidden spells.
A place for those who are not afraid of their darkness.
The collection features 100 haunted objects from the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic, including a Witch Mirror, spells and charms, items from a Black Magicians altar and a memorable “Witch House”, which shhh! must be kept forever in secret – something as indescribable as the whole place itself.
Besides the special collection from Cornwall by Sara Hannant and Simon Costin, you will also find a collection as intriguing as the Museum of Curiosities itself; featuring souveniers from Mexico’s witch market, wet-in-tears tissues, used condoms, celebrities excrements and a surprising amount of hair – don’t ask me what kind…
From the facts and objects of the curator himself, you will know Viktor’s pilgrimages and personal life: meeting with old lovers (or perhaps demons?) dating back in 2000, remembering his long dispute trying to make his ex girfriend quit smoking.
Who can’t possibly resonate with that?
Though it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it will definitely open your mind to the allure that is to collect mere daily objects that marked a memory on you.
The venue also works as a bar on the top level which holds some events and taxidermy workshops. The museum in the basement has a lot to take in so I’d suggest to allow yourself 30 min to 1 hour to digest all information and after the visit enjoy a cup of tea (or gin!), which is included in the £5 admission fee of the museum.
Photos: Last Tuesday Society on Instagram
The exhibition runs until the end of February 2018 at The Last Tuesday Society: 11 Mare Street
London E8 4RP. Museum Admission £5 including a free cup of tea!
Writer Alice Lima