All Souls Day – November 2nd 2013 – sees a new Halloween craft brought to London, as The Robin Collective bring a little tribal magic to the eerily amazing Barts Pathology Museum: Make your own shrunken head.
Traditionally, these are made by boiling down a severed human head, sewing up the eyes and mouth and treating with a special herb mix to keep the spirit inside.
Nowadays, however, head-hunting is frowned upon and no one wants to go to prison convicted of getting carried away at a crafternoon. But don’t worry, The Robin Collective will teach participants how to create the same effect without having to kill anyone.
Over a few hours, ticketholders will learn a little about this mysterious process and create their own trophy of war (with display stand) to take home. Not wanting to favour one culture’s magical traditions over another’s, participants will also have the chance to make their own voodoo dolls.
The class will be of an informal nature with visitors encouraged to bring their own beads, chicken bones etc, to decorate their shrunken head. Every participant will also receive one complimentary witch doctor’s cocktail, ‘The Drunken Head’ – containing evil spirit-busting herbs.
More drinks will be available from a specially created bar open throughout the experience and visitors are welcome to look around this unique Victorian collection and take inspiration from some other pickled body parts.
Whether you’re a vintage curio collector, a budding young witch doctor or you’re just keen to get ahead of the next trend – then the Shrunken Head Social is for you!
Saturday 2nd November 1pm
Saturday 2nd November 5pm
Tickets are £45 and available from The Robin Collective website here.