Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year

Friday 4th November 2016 – Sunday 8th January 2017


The Beacon Museum

West Strand,



CA28 7LY.

Phone: 01946 592302

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4:30pm & Bank Holiday Mondays (last admission 3:45pm).  Also open Mondays during school holidays.

Costumed processions and symbolic dramatisations, traditional dances and fire ceremonies mark the changing seasons and celebrate nature’s bounty.  Many of these customs claim an ancient origin.  This exhibition brings together 50 photographs of regional rituals performed throughout the year in England.  Shirley Collins, President of the English Folk Dance and Song Society comments “Sara Hannant’s remarkable photographs convey, with joy and compassion, the mystery, charm and exuberance of traditional English ritual”.

This exhibition will be free for Copeland Pass holders. If you are a Copeland resident, why not register at the Beacon Museum reception. All you need to provide  is a valid form of I.D. and contact details.  (Usual admission still applies for


of-shadows-flyerOF SHADOWS A haunting exhibition by photographer Sara Hannant launching the publication of her book with Simon Costin, Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Published by Strange Attractor Press, Halloween, 2016. Sara captures the essence of these carefully selected artefacts including wax dolls, wands, statues, daggers, pendants, robes and amulets, all used in the practice of witchcraft and magic.

Exhibition extended 27 October-4 November LO & BEHOLD 2B Swanfield Street E2 7DS Mon-Fri 12noon-5pm, Sat-Sun 12noon-6pm Photomonth

The exhibition is part of Photomonth East London International Photography Festival 2016.  Photomonth celebrates photography in galleries and venues across East London. The festival aims to demonstrate the diversity of contemporary photography and reach the widest possible audience. Since 2001 Photomonth has become one of the largest and most inclusive festivals in the UK – bringing innovation and inspiration through the Open Call for exhibitions, giving the opportunity for emerging artists to be appreciated in a variety of interesting and unusual sp aces alongside leading internationally renowned photographers in galleries and major institutions.