Launch details for the first Doreen Valiente Collection exhibition

Doreen Valiente altar
© Doreen Valiante Foundation

The long awaited Folklore, Magic And Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft & Folk Culture In Britain exhibition opens on Saturday 2 April in Brighton and there is a decent host of launch activity surrounding it.

Featuring artefacts from Doreen’s collection; Gerald Gardner’s handwritten Book of Shadows and items from Druidry and other Pagan paths, this is billed as a small taster of the larger exhibition opening later in the year, but nevertheless promises to be fascinating.

Held at Preston Manor, a couple of miles North of Brighton city centre, a day of talks and tours has been laid on to coincide with the opening at 10am. In the morning, Ashley Mortimer will be giving a short, introductory talk followed by a series of small, guided tours. After lunch, meanwhile, Preston Manor’s Paula Wrightson will give a talk about the Manor and how it is connected to Britain’s Pagan world, which will be followed in turn by Philip Heselton talking about Doreen Valiente herself at 15.00.

Tickets are a mere £6.60, but the talks are limited to an audience of 30 on a first come, first served basis, so it’s probably going to be best to get there early.

And if you’re in Brighton for the weekend, the following day, Sunday 3rd April, Philip Heselton will also be signing copies of his latest book ‘Doreen Valiente: Witch’ at Waterstones in Brighton at 11:30am.

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