Wicked Spirits?

16/07/2022 - 06/01/2023

Colchester Castle

Included in admission

Suitable for Everyone

Exhibition, History

About this Event

Colchester Castle was a key landmark in the Essex witch trials. In the 1500s and 1600s, hundreds of people were imprisoned inside its walls suspected of being a witch. Thousands more were imprisoned and lost their lives across the country. Essex became well known for its persecution of suspected witches, the first person in England to be executed under a Witchcraft Act was Elizabeth Lowys who lived in Great Waltham. 

Five hundred years later, the county’s long history of folklore and magic and many of the stories of victims like Elizabeth are at risk of being lost – overshadowed by tales of people like the famous Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, who hunted suspected witches throughout the East of England. 

Through ‘Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + Magic at Colchester Castle’, produced in partnership with the famous Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, we are bringing the stories of those that suffered and lost their lives out into the open and making sure they are never forgotten. 

More information about the exhibition can be found on our Wicked Spirits webpage.


This event is included as part of Castle admission.

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