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The Cottingley Fairies in Context

The Cottingley Fairies in Context
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14 Mar 2018 10am - 12pm

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The Grove Centre

New Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4BH

The Cottingley Fairies appear in a series of five photographs taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, two young cousins who lived  Cottingley. In 1917, when the first two photographs were taken, Elsie was 16 years old and Frances was 9. The pictures came to the attention of writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who used them to illustrate an article on fairies he had been commissioned to write for the Christmas 1920 edition of The Strand Magazine. Doyle, as a spiritualist, was enthusiastic about the photographs, and interpreted them as clear and visible evidence of psychic phenomena. Public reaction was mixed; some accepted the images as genuine, but others believed they had been faked.

Heather Millard, Curator at Cliffe Castle Museum, speaks about the Fairies and how many people believed that there really are fairies at the bottom of the garden.

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Admission £2.00 including refreshments

Wheelchair Access

Level access to the Hall and Toilets

  • Wheelchair access
  • Discussion
  • Heritage
  • Talk
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