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Hidden Charms 3

  • Start date: 21st Nov 2020
  • End date: 21st Nov 2020
  • St Mary's Creative Space, Chester, CH1 2DW.
  • Organiser: Apotropaios
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Hidden Charms 3 – Chester.

We are very pleased to announce that Hidden Charms 3 will take place in Chester on Saturday 21st November 2020. The venue for HC3 will be St Mary’s Creative Space which is a wonderful medieval church with theatre style seating and a stage area.

Our theme is the magical protection of buildings and related topics and you can see the list of speakers and topics below. Speakers will talk for 20 minutes (strictly) and then have 10 minutes for questions from the audience. The format will be the same as at HC1 in Norwich 2016 and HC2 in Salisbury 2018, which means it will be as shown below.

Tickets for the event are £40 per person and are on sale now via the PayPal link at:

09:30 Registration
10:00 Brian Hoggard: Horse skulls and their use in magic.
10:30 Debora Moretti: Rethinking the perception of magic and rituals in archaeological contexts: A threefold dialogue between field archaeologists, academics and the public.
11:00 Coffee at conference
11:45 Jeremy Harte: Arrow sharpening marks.
12:15 Jeannine Woods: Hiding in plain sight: Pagan protection rituals in popular Christian celebrations of Bríd/Brigid in Ireland.
12:45 Linda Wilson: Circles and a Square: magical protection at the Maison Forte de Reignac, a fortified dwelling in the Dordogne region of France.
13:15 Break for lunch (for you to organise your own in the city)
14:45 Alyssa Conary: Behind the Devil’s Shield – Hexfoils as Ritual Protection Marks on the Vernacular Architecture of Colonial New England.
15:15 Jason Semmens: Witchcraft and Counter-magic in the early twentieth-century Cornwall.
15:45 Coffee at conference
16:30 Marc Robben: Apotropaic traces on building components – beyond function and decoration.
17:00 James Wright: Tower of Strength: Buildings archaeology, ritual protection graffiti and the use of apotropaic motifs in elite architecture.
17:30 End of conference

Poster presentations for this event.
Chris Wood: ‘X Marks the Post’ – the use of the X as an apotropaic symbol.
Alison Fearn: ‘No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm’ – a discussion of the marks inside Donington le Heath Manor, Lecicestershire.
Andy Bentham: ‘ Where there’s muck there’s magic – Apotropaic and other graffiti in Peak District farm buildings’
Linda Wilson: ‘NOTRE-DAME DE TEMNIAC: Hidden treasures on a 19th century altar back’.

Our long coffee breaks are the perfect opportunity to meet fellow researchers and discuss ideas and collaborations. ​​

www.apotropaios.co.uk – for more info.