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US News National Trust asks people to share their local folklore ahead of Halloween

07:40  07 october  2019
07:40  07 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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But the National Trust has warned that advances in technology and social media is causing traditional mythology to die out as it is no longer relevant to Jessica Monaghan, the National Trust ’s Head of Experiences and Programming, called on the public to share its knowledge of folklore from different

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From the rain being brought on by killing beetles to broken eggshells helping prevent passing witches from escaping to sea, the UK is steeped in a long tradition of folklore.

Now the National Trust is calling for people to share their local communities’ superstitions in a bid to prevent the tales from disappearing from public knowledge.

With Halloween approaching, the charity says it wants to record stories before they fade away “in an age of social media and advanced technology”.

Understanding the past

a stone bench sitting next to a tree © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd All stories are welcome, from the belief that peony root necklaces help teething children to the claim that whooping cough will never be caught by a Lancashire child who has ridden upon a bear.

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October half-term and Halloween fun in Kent. Why not join your local supporter group in Kent? You can join a more active volunteers group, or come along to a centre or an association that focuses on fundraising and fun trips and tours. Often used to illustrate fairy tales and associated with folklore

Halloween or Hallowe ' en (a contraction of Hallows' Even or Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve

Dee Dee Chainey, author of A Treasury of British Folklore, said modern technology combined with a move away from agricultural lifestyles meant folklore was at risk of being forgotten.

“But it’s fascinating and helps us understand how our forebears understood their world,” she said.

"The folklore and traditions we uphold say a lot about who we are, and the communities we live in."

Stories shared with the National Trust have previously been used to inform its autumn programme at sites across the country.

Its current folklore-themed autumn activities include the Introduction to Folklore trail at Charlecote Park, a 900-year-old Warwickshire estate where Shakespeare is said to have poached.

“We can all see how much Halloween has captured the public imagination in recent years and our visitors are increasingly interested in the folklore and superstition that is attached to this time of year,” said Jessica Monaghan, of the National Trust.

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Members of our National Trust supporter groups in Sussex help fund raise for places like Nymans and Sheffield Park - they also get together for days out and talks and tours or volunteer at their local place. Often used to illustrate fairy tales and associated with folklore , fungi remind us of mythical

“It’s a brilliant way into learning about the history of beliefs and traditions.”

Local stories

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Meanwhile residents in East Anglia have spoken of the “Black Shuck”, a large black dog with fiery red eyes that is said to prowl graveyards and dark forests.

People can share their tales by emailing [email protected]

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