This podcast will feature selected materials presented in part at a one-day symposium bringing together academics from different disciplines (archaeology, history, folklore) with English Heritage staff and representatives from the National Trust and other heritage bodies.
The subject of the symposium was the supernatural in place. Presenters examine the residue of supernatural sites across the land, their loss, their ruined visibility, and what layered multifarious posterity reads into them and tells stories about them. The goal was to begin the process of recoupling the idea of unexplained story to sites in the landscape as its anchor. Contributors also discussed and investigated questions of contested ownership and contested rights, alongside questions of curatorship or its lack, local versus national identity, generational engagement, and competing layers of story, some of which directly concerned magic and others that explained it away.
Held on Friday 4th December 2020.
How sacred is an ancient sacred site? The interface between academics, heritage managers and modern Paganism
First talk of Panel 1 - Who Owns this Place? Pondering Identities, chaired by Alice Purkiss, talk by Ronald Hutton (Bristol).
The Byland Abbey ghost stories: using the dead to bring a medieval monastery to life
Michael Carter (English Heritage) gives the second talk for the seminar.
Panel 1 - Who Owns this Place? Pondering Identities Questions
Questions and answers from the first panel of the seminar. Moderated by Alice Purkiss (National Trust Partnership and University of Oxford).
Magic and Medicine in Early Roman Britain
Nicky Garland (Durham), gives the first talk in the second panel, Tales in Place: Change and Continuity, in the conference. Chaired by Alice Purkiss.
Well, what about witches and wizards?
Lisa Tallis (Cardiff) gives the second talk in the second panel - Tales in Place: Change and Continuity - of the conference. Chaired by Alice Purkiss.
Mysterious Wales: between romanticism and tourism
Juliette Wood (Folklorist), gives the third talk in the second panel, Tales in Place: Change and Continuity. Chaired by Alice Purkiss.