Listed on the left are various small and magical objects that were kept for luck and protection. Worn on the body or placed at home with other treasured possessions, they were invested with the power to protect their owners from danger and bring good luck. Each charm, jewel or souvenir also holds the memory of a time and a place, from Bronze Age burial rituals and Japanese mythology to 19th-century Parisian fashions. 

Artisans of Memory

Behind the scenes of an amulets project

This series of short films follows the progress and practices of those connected with the Small Blessings project as they unravel the stories surrounding these curious objects.

The full series of films may be viewed here.


Amulets Competition

The competition is now closed and a winner has been announced. Find out more here.

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