6.30pm to about 8pm (with tea/coffee and cake from 6pm)

The talk

We have evidence of forms of strange forms of healing taking place in Wessex Sussex's past. These include rituals involving repetitions of the number 9, spoken charms and incantations, and the use of pins against illness caused by bewitching. These and other practices were taking place as recently as the late 19th century. Moreover, they were not being performed by cunning-folk, self-styled witches or pagans, but by ordinary men and women who would have been shocked by any suggestion that they were other than thoroughly Christian.

The speaker

Julie Wakefield is a medical historian and freelance educator, lecturing to students and giving talks & workshops for the general public and children. She specialises in folk medicine. Julie also works at the Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret in London, where she gives the Sunday afternoon talk on aspects of historic herbalism.


Pre-booking is essential. £12 per person, £10 for friends of the Museum (please quote your membership number), £5 for Museum volunteers, to include refreshments. The talk ticket admits you to the museum site from 4pm.

Book for 6 places at the same time and only pay for 5!

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits.  It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses.  The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.

To book, download a form here.  Alternatively, fill in the booking request below.

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This is an initial booking request form, and does not guarantee a place on the course. The Adult Learning Team will check the availability of the course, and reply to you as soon as possible - usually within one working day.