Join Professor Alison Rowlands from the Department of History at University of Essex, for a talk on Landscape, People, Commemoration: working towards a New Geography of the East Anglian Witch-Trials.
Alison will share stories of witch persecution and trials in the area, while at the same time exploring our need to link historical events to specific places. To what extent does this accurately represent those accused and their accusers, and does it risk creating myths, distorting our understanding of actual events?
Looking at artwork, walks, and community projects commemorating the anniversary of the Lancashire witch-trials, Alison explores new ways communities, historians and artists can best situate the history of witch-trials into our local landscapes.
The event takes place at Firstsite in Colchester. It is free and open to all, but places are limited; please book on Eventbrite.
This event is part of New Geographies, a new three-year project, which invites the public to nominate locations for ten site-specific art works across the East of England.