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British Museum and Awakening English Magic –
Sunday 3 March @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm| £18
British Museum and Awakening English Magic
Guided Tour – Caroline Wise
The British Museum is an icon in British occultism: from the 1880s on, magicians met in the reading room, studied and translated seminal texts, and saw pagan deities in the galleries. Inspired by manuscripts and finds from around the world and from Britain, they created systems of magic that flourished and grew. This tour highlights the pagan deitiesthat inspired the magical people at the heart of the occult revival. You will be looking at selected exhibits from prehistoric Britain, Assyria, Ancient Egypt, the Roman World, and Anglo-Saxon and Elizabethan England, as your guide regales you with tales of the Order of the Golden Dawn, Dion Fortune, Florence Farr, Wallis Budge, John Dee and Aleister Crowley.
Caroline Wise Wise has been involved with the mysteries since her teens, and her speciality is the mythic London landscape. She started out in the late 1970s in the burgeoning earth mysteries movement. Then in the 1990s, with the ‘landscape as grimoire’, she hosted the Wildwood conferences on English pagan folklore. Throughout her long career she has contributed to numerous books and journals. Wise compiled Finding Elen: The Quest for Elen of the Ways and co-edited the acclaimed Secret Lore of London. She is a consummate raconteur of anecdotes of historical events and characters – with many adventures of her own, so we promise you a wonderful time.
Mobility alert: This walk involves standing and walking for three hours. Max 15 per tour.
Meeting point: British Museum North Entrance, Montague Place, on the pavement outside, before entering the security tent. Meet at 10.55 for prompt 11 am start. No latecomers may join the tour once it commences.