Wellcome Library Insight – From Blue Beads to Hair Sandwiches: Edward Lovett’s Folklore Collection

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This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight explores the figure of Folkore collector Edward Lovett, whose collection lies at the heart of the current Wellcome Collection exhibition Charmed Life.

Illustrated by personal correspondence held in our archives, the session will seek to explore Lovett’s motivations and methods and offer an overview of the huge array of amulets, charms and talismans collected by him during the early years of the 20th Century (the themes of the session were also discussed in a recent article on the Daily Telegraph website).

The event takes place this Thursday (10th November) between 3 and 4pm. Tickets are available from 1.30pm on the day. Please see the Wellcome Collection website for more details.

Image: Sketch made by Edward Lovett, showing districts of London where Lovett had collected blue amulet necklaces, which were thought to protect the wearer from illness (WA/HMM/CO/Ear/532).

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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