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Witches, Warlocks and Wellingtons: The Ritual Protection of the Home
Janet Pennington
05/09/2017 Tuesday

This tak examines some of the ways in the past people protected themselves and their homes from evil.

Janet taught local history and palaeography for the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex for many years, and was archivist at Lancing College. She is a past chairman and council member of the West Sussex Archives Society, a life member of the Sussex Archaeological Society, and past president and council member of the Wealden Buildings Study Group. She was a guided walks leader for West Sussex County Council for many years, and a member of their Library and Archives Committee. She is a Friend of The Keep Archives, a member of the Sussex Family History Group and a former council member of the Sussex Record Society.


We all know about lucky horseshoes (but why are they lucky?) and many people have a special stone, often with a hole through it that they feel is a useful item to keep on the kitchen window-sill.  Our ancestors used many of these and other objects to protect themselves and their animals from harm, or to bring good luck to their homes and families. Witches were to be feared in earlier times and anyone, male or female, convicted of witchcraft in England would have been hanged (not burnt at the stake – this is a common misconception).  This talk examines some of the ways people in the past protected themselves and their homes from evil. Protective items will also be on display and can be handled. There will hopefully be no witches or warlocks present, but a wellington may appear.


Janet says  -  do bring your own special object to the talk, if you feel you can leave your home unprotected for a few hours…