New Geographies: The East Anglian Witch Trials



Art Exchange

admission free

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.

The event takes place at Firstsite in Colchester.

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.

Free and open to all.

Places limited so booking essential –

About New Geographies

This event is part of New Geographies, a new three-year project, invites the public to nominate locations for ten site-specific art works across the East of England.

Do you know an overlooked or unexpected place that you think is important and which you’d like to nominate as a potential site for an exciting art project? Help us redraw the map of the region with places important to those living here, by going online to nominate a location at