Witch Hunts, Then and Now

Witch Hunts, Then and Now is a multimedia exhibition spanning time and place.

Forming part of a programme of activities marking the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials at Lancaster Castle , the exhibition invited visitors to listen and walk through a ‘Lancaster courtroom′ in 1612 and a Nigerian ‘prayerhouse’ in 2012. The soundtrack tells parts of the story of the trial at Lancaster Castle undergone by the Lancashire Witches, as well as the ‘trial’ undergone by a Nigerian child. Participants also learn about the legacy of the Lancashire Witches, and how this relates to our own lives.

This project was a collaboration between Global Link, Lancashire Museum Service, and Stepping Stones Nigeria, a charity based in Lancaster, working for Child Rights in the Niger Delta.

  • Experience the sights and sounds of 1612 Lancashire and 2012 Nigeria
  • Learn about accusations and trials of witchcraft and scapegoating
  • Understand the legacy of persecution and how it affects people today

Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) is a global campaign set up by Stepping Stones Nigeria that aims to give a voice to Nigerian children, particularly those at risk of child rights violations including witchcraft related abuse and trafficking.

For more information please visit the websites below.

Download the soundtrack for the exhibition, if you would like to play using your own audio player.

Right click and save as to download (13mb mp3 file).