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Fears, Foes and Faeries Exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery

Hive have been working on the design of a fascinating new exhibition looking at British folklore through the ages for Scarborough Art Gallery. Opening on the 23th March and running until the 30th September 2012, Fears, Foes & Faeries features part of a large collection of charms and amulets assembled in the early part of the 20th century by Scarborough naturalist, collector and amateur folklorist, William James Clarke.

Hive have been involved in every aspect of the design from the marketing including posters, beer mats and advertising to the exhibition design itself including panel graphics, layout, plinths, cabinets, design and build of 3 interactive games to create an exciting exhibition space for these small objects.

The exhibition explores various aspects of British Folklore including:
Witchcraft – a collection of objects, many dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, which were believed to protect against witches
Faeries – charting the development of faeries from dark and threatening creatures to their current, more whimsical incarnation as benign beings
‘Charmacy’ – charms and amulets with a medical slant believed to provide protection against a range of ailments
Birds and Beasts – it’s believed that Clarke’s interest in folkloric objects may have  developed from his interest in the natural world.
Safety at Sea – a subject close to many Scarborians’ hearts!

Karen Snowden, Head of Collections at Scarborough Museums Trust, said: “This is a very quirky and eccentric collection. Charms and amulets are basically about managing fear,
the thing we find most unmanageable in our everyday life.”

Fears, Foes & Faeries is the culmination of a three-year project as part of Precious Cargos, Stories of the World, one of the key projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

There is a packed programme of events themed around the exhibition, including faerie workshops, Goth makeovers, and a witches and wizards academy. For more information please visit the website

Find out more about the project here or take a look at our Exhibition section to see more of our work.

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