What is Lancashire Witches 400?

Lancashire Witches 400 is a diverse creative programme initiated by Green Close in Melling which explored the heritage of the Lancashire Witches, the 400th anniversary of their trial and execution, and the enduring issue of persecution today.

Throughout 2012, hundreds of people have particpated in free workshops, talks and exhibitions featuring work from schools and the local community. There have been original creative responses from a range of artists, including Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and a new walking trail has been established across Lancashire featuring work by Sue Flowers, sculptor Stephen Raw, and members of the local community .

Lancashire Witches Walk

A multi-partner project to develop a new long-distance walking route from Pendle to Lancaster. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's new poem, based on the history and key themes of the witches' story will be installed along the route as a series of beautiful stone carvings.

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Signs & Wonders

'Evidence of witchcraft' collected throughout the three- day programme of public walks, canting, visitations and expositions in Lancaster and in Newchurch in August are now available to see on the Signs & Wonders blog.

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Journey's End?

A celebration of the achievements and legacies of the Lancashire Witches 400 project throughout 2012 and beyond.

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Witches in schools

Children from three Lancashire schools are becoming ambassadors for their own local history, working with its own Green Close artist - Sue Flowers, Pete Flowers and Kate Eggleston-Wirtz - to explore the rich themes present in the witches' story through art.

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The Poem

'The Lancashire Witches' is the poem that has been written by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, especially for the Lancashire Witches 400 project. The first three verses are here on the site, and the rest to follow

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Creative responses

This original and contemporary creative programme has the dramatic and breathtaking backdrop of rural Lancashire for its setting. Look out for new work from Carol Ann Duffy, Kate Eggleston-Wirtz, Helen Saunders, Sue Flowers and Pete Flowers.

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Witches 1612-2012

Discover the facts about the witches' trials on 1612 through Robert Poole's history talks and help to fight the persecution of Child Witches in Nigeria today, a cause championed by Lancaster charity, Stepping Stones Nigeria.

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