Pupils at a Slaidburn school have been taking an artistic approach to commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials.
The children of Brennand’s Endowed Primary School have been working on collages and a 3D model castle with artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz as part of the Lancashire Witches 400 project. The artworks feature symbolic materials exploring the historic Lancashire Witches story and its relevance today.
The work includes pages from old books about the witches that have sparked discussion on how literacy levels divide classes. Barriers between rich and poor have also been illustrated in the artworks by using pictures of coins featuring the face of James I, who was king at the time of the witch trials.
As part of the project, the pupils have also been exploring the past and present by examining their own collections and museum collections along with imagining and researching what a witch in the 1600s might have collected. The children have incorporated their findings into the collage work as well as creating drawings that have been printed on to a banner.
The model castle will be completed in time for an exhibition about the witches at Lancaster City Museum from July 21st to September 29th.
A selection of Brennand School’s artwork will also be displayed at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe from July 28th to October 6th, alongside that made by children from two other schools participating in the project: Padiham Green School and Quernmore CE Primary, near Lancaster. All three schools will mark the end of the project by gathering for a special event in Slaidburn in July, appropriately on Friday the 13th!
For more information on Lancashire Witches 400, visit www.lancashirewitches400.org