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Which bottles are ‘Witch bottles’?
Which bottles are ‘Witch bottles’? Exploring Ralph Merrifield’s legacy in the field of early modern bottle magic in England,
LAMAS Lecture by Nigel Jeffries, MOLA
Of all Ralph Merrifield’s achievements, it is perhaps his work on ‘witch bottles’ that remains best known. This lecture will present the preliminary findings from a three-year AHRC funded research project that the speaker is undertaking together with historians at the University of Hertfordshire. By exploring the ‘witch bottle’ work with which Merrifield remains synonymous, this research will examine how he has shaped the reporting and study of ‘witch bottles’.