We were thrilled to be asked by BBC Radio 4 to feature in their ‘Making History’ programme back in June. You can listen to the podcast here. They were keen to hear more about the community project we have been involved in to get a memorial installed for the victims of Matthew Hopkins, the Witch Finder General, in Manningtree, Essex. It’s a cause close to our hearts and we’re passionate to ensure the women accused as being witches no longer remain anonymous in the town, as has been the case for the past 500 years.
It was exciting to be part of the BBC Radio 4 show. We met with Dr Tom Charlton who spoke with Aphra founder, Grace Carter, about the campaign to finance a memorial to the women of Manningtree in North Essex who lost their lives during the wave of persecution in the seventeenth century. The historian of witch-trials in Early Modern Europe, Professor Alison Rowlands, was also on hand to explain how these women were tried and how, for more than a year in the 1640s, Hopkins terrorised the Eastern Counties of England.