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Pendle Witches

By Huckleberry Films, Feb 5 2013 12:18PM

As part of the Mid Pennine Arts 'Lost Legends' research project exploring the Pendle Witch story, we spent our final full day working with both schools involved in the project. It was a great turnout - with more than 35 young people attending the sessions at the Whitehaugh Activity centre near Barley in Lancashire.

In the morning we had a tour of the Pendle Sculpture trail with lead artist Philippe Handford. It started to rain just before we set off, and we all got kitted out in waterproofs; even finding a tiny jacket to keep the camera dry! It was a good job we did as the brolly turned inside out and broke within about 2 minutes of being out in the wild weather.

We got muddy and wet on the trail - but we all made it round the whole trail - despite the rain and even hailstones! it was well worth it to be able to experience the trail with Philippe and find out more about the processes behind the work.

After drying off and eating lunch, the afternoon session was run by a representative from Global Links. He talked about the Pendle folk accused of being witches, and drew powerful parallels between them and modern day 'witches' in modern day Nigeria. The group was encouraged to think about scapegoating, and how easy it is to blame someone or dislike them because they look or act differently to us. A really thought provoking afternoon for us as well as the young people.

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