There is a long history of mysticism and magical practise in East Anglia from the ancient Celts to the present day but this is a subject that is still surrounded by secrecy.
It is well known that East Anglia was home of Mathew Hopkins, otherwise known as the Witchfinder General. Less known is the fact that Essex was the county that executed the most witches in the UK. Yet despite this there is no specific visitor experience in the region for people wishing to learn more about this fascinating and dark period of local history.
There is information and artefacts available at other cultural venues across the region, but these either gloss over the brutality of the witch hunts, or focus on a small and specific element of the history relevant to that particular location. In particular, many focus solely on the role of the Witchfinder General and other men, with the women who were tried, tortured and killed reduced to a mere number.
The East Anglian Museum of Witchcraft will consolidate these stories in one place and create a regional hub and home for visitors. We will also examine the role of witchcraft, wicca and paganism in today's society and magical practice in East Anglia over the centuries.