The Witching Hour – Panel Discussion

As part of our exhibition ‘The Witching Hour’, Tolbooth will host a panel discussion our Witching past and present.   The evening will be informative, but lively discussion on all things Witch related.

 The discussion will be chaired by Jennie Cook, who is a former Breakfast Radio Presenter for XFM, Galaxy & Capital FM.  Jennie is currently Announcer Director for BBC Scotland, and producer / host of ‘The Snash’ Podcast (A Podcast about women, their stories and experiences.  ‘Snash’ is Scots for ‘insolence’)

The panel will feature a variety of representatives from different fields, to ensure a fun and engaging evening –


Pam McNicol – Stirling’s Archivist

Jean Fowler– High Priestess of Wicca, Honorary Pagan Chaplain at Edinburgh University, Board member of Edinburgh Interfaith Association, and Council member of The Scottish Pagan Federation.

Dr Lizanne Henderson – Senior Lecturer in History, Heritage Management and Environmental Humanities at University of Glasgow, A cultural historian with research interests on the Scottish, European and African Witch-Hunts

Dr Murray Cook – Stirling’s Archaeologist: Murray has excavated sites from the Mesolithic to the Edwardian period. He has undertaken numerous excavations across the region and published over 40 books and articles.

Unfortunately, Dr. Henderson will no longer be able to take part in tonight’s event due to illness.

However, we are thrilled that in her place we have confirmed the attendance of Prof Julian Goodare.

All timings remain the same.

Prof Julian Goodare – Current Professor of History the University of Edinburgh. Prof Goodare was Publication Secretary of the Scottish History Society from 1989 to 2002 and is Director of the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft, which went online in 2003.

Prof Goodare is also an Associate Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (published in 2004), responsible for entries on sixteenth-century Scotland and is a visiting lecturer in Nanjing University, China.

The evening will begin a reception in the Gallery to peruse The Witching Hour exhibition, then we will move into the auditorium for a short talk from Pam McNicol who will give us an introduction to Stirling’s History of Witch Accusations, followed by our panel discussion – which will include a section for any questions from the audience.

7 – 9pm (Bar & Gallery remain open until 10:00)

£6 in advance, £8 on the door. Entry price includes a welcome drink in the gallery.

Event Info

Cost - £6 / £8 on door

Date - 24 Oct 2019

Time - 7:00 pm



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