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Talismans and Amulets workshop. Horniman Museum, London

On the 23rd November 2013, Simon Costin was invited to take part in a workshop held at the Horniman Museum. As part of an ongoing assessment of their charms and talisman's collection, this particular workshop looked at themes of health and healing, and explored ideas of illness, disability, protection and wellbeing.

"Many objects at the Horniman are also concerned with broader ideas of wellbeing, as carries of good fortune, agents of transformation or providers of comfort and belonging. We want to explore the seemingly universal human need to bestow our concerns, fears or ambitions onto things: these things in return enable us to cope with and make sense of the world we live in. They become powerful, engrained within wider cosmologies of care associated with place, identity, and practice. What makes objects powerful? Is this power retained in the museum?"

Simon joined Joyce Froome from the Museum of Witchcraft as well as Steve Paterson, a long time friend of MoW and Dr Helen Cornish, who has undertaken research at MoW.


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