Talk: Traditional Fairies

Date: 24th June 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Lectures

Join celebrated historian, Prof Ronald Hutton for a fascinating lecture on traditional fairies.

This talk is designed to answer two big questions. The first is what ordinary British and Irish people have traditionally believed about fairies, as distinct from the purely literary images of them which began with Shakespeare and flourished in Victorian and Edwardian children’s tales. The second is what function the telling of stories about fairies actually served, in making people understand each other, and the world around them, better, and to interact with both.

About your speaker: Prof Hutton is an English historian who specialises in Early Modern Britain, British folklore, pre-Christian religion and Contemporary Paganism. He is a professor at the University of Bristol, has written 14 books and has appeared on British television and radio. He held a fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, and is a Commissioner of English Heritage. He has also recently been awarded a CBE in the this year’s King’s New Year Honours list for services to history. We are delighted to welcome him back to The Barn!

Refreshments available. Free parking on site.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for WMBT and to support conservation, management, maintenance and improvement of the WMBT site.