We're a research team using interactions with the supernatural to explore the emotional experiences and interior lives of ordinary people between 1300 and 1900. Using a range of methodologies and source types within three discrete but related research projects - spanning medieval to modern, and household to cosmos - we're working on books and articles, events and exhibitions, and are crowdsourcing the location of concealed objects and witchcraft memorials via interactive maps.
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18 July 2017
In 1566 a sensational pamphlet was published in London that described the crimes of three women accused of witchcraft in Chelmsford, Essex. Elizabeth Francis, Mother Agnes Waterhouse,...
6 July 2017
The project was on the road again last week for the tenth conference of the International Society for Cultural History (26–29 June 2017). The event took as its topic ‘Senses,...
21 June 2017
A man hides under a bed, terrified. He has escaped, but is not yet safe. When asked from what exactly he is hiding, he cries out: ‘Mother is looking to […]
30 May 2017
In 1781, Henry Fuseli painted his now-famous depiction of The Nightmare. The painting (above) depicts a woman lying on her back in bed. She appears asleep or in a deep […]