All Souls Day – November 2 2013 – sees a new Halloween craft come to London as The Robin Collective bring a little tribal magic to the eerily amazing Barts Pathology Museum where they’ll be teaching people how to make shrunken heads.
A traditional shrunken head recipe reads as follows: Obtain 1 x human head (body not required – check local recycling). Remove skull and boil*. They’ll also be dishing out tips including: sew up the eyes and mouth and treat with a special herbal mix which allows you to harness the head’s power while also trapping it (lest it escape and try to avenge its own murder). You then have a shrunken head you can use to accessorise almost any outfit, dresser, etc.
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, you’ll learn about this mysterious process and create your 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 throughout and visitors are welcome to look around this unique Victorian collection and take inspiration from some other pickled body parts.
You can buy your ticket here.
*Don’t try this at home without adult supervision.