University of Hertfordshire to host Supernatural St Albans Halloween Tour

16 October 2019

The Open Graves,Open Minds project at the University of Hertfordshire have announced a Supernatural St Albans Halloween Tour. The event will explore the magical and spectral history of Hertfordshire’s finest supernatural city.

The tour has been developed by Dr Sam George, Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, in collaboration with post-doctoral researcher Dr Kaja Franck. The Open Graves, Open Minds research group is known for its imaginative events and symposia. Topics have included vampires and the undead in modern culture and a three-day conference on werewolves, shapeshifters and feral humans, a first for a UK academy.

“What we have uncovered is remarkable. St Albans is home to hidden tombs, ghostly monks, pagan Gods, grotesque carvings, an ancient dragon’s lair, succubi, winged skulls, witches, Wicca communities, folklore rituals and more.

“Highlights of the tour will include a cloven footed succubus, a path made out of gravestones and examples of winged skulls or ‘death’s heads’, which represent death taking flight and the soul’s journey to the afterlife. These memento mori have become a symbol of studying Open Graves with an Open Mind, which is what we aim to do on the project."

Dr Sam George
Convenor of the project at the University of Hertfordshire


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