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When: 4/2/2016
9:30 AM
Where: Norwich Castle

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The Hidden Charms Conference will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Town Close Auditorium, Norwich Castle. The main theme is magical house protection (apotropaic objects) and the speakers include:

  • Linda Wilson: By Midnight, By Moonlight - Ritual Protection Marks in Caves Beneath the Mendip Hills, Somerset. 
  • Ceri Houlbrook: From Concealers to Finders: Putting the (Concealed) Shoe on the Other Foot.
  • Annie Thwaite: ‘The Urinary Experiment’ - A Re-appraisal of ‘Witch-bottles’ and their Function in Early Modern England. 
  • Sonja Hukantaival: Same Mental Idea, Different Manifestation? Hidden Charms in Finland and the UK.
  • James Wright: Cultural Anxieties and Ritual Protection in High Status Early Modern Houses.
  • Jason Semmens: Cunning-folk and the Protection of Property: The View from the Westcountry.
  • John Billingsley: The Head that Works for You: Apotropaic vs Show.
  • Jeremy Harte: Luck and Dread.
  • Brian Hoggard: Evidence of Unseen Forces – Apotropaic Objects on the Threshold of Materiality. 

To learn more or to register, visit are £30 in advance, or £35 at the door. All enquiries should go to / 07720 211002.

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