Living history

Persecution is not a thing of the past

Although the Lancashire witch trials took place 400 years ago, the issues they raise are still relevant today, and, in some parts of the world, still taking place.

The historical facts

Child witches in Nigeria

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400 year ago, Lancashire was at the heart of England's biggest single witch trial; 19 people were taken from Pendle to Lancaster where they were tried as witches and ten were hanged.

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An increasing number of children in the Niger Delta are being forced to the streets and trafficked as a result of a deeply held belief in child ‘witches’, exacerbating their lives already made difficult through war and disease.

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History talks

Stepping Stones Nigeria

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Historian Robert Poole, from University of Cumbria, delivers an illustrated history of the events of 1612 from a contemporary perspective. Held in Barley and Lancaster.

Stepping Stones Nigeria is a Lancaster-based charity with a passion for upholding the rights of children in Nigeria, focusing on street children, education, literacy and advocacy.

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