Doreen Valiente - Witch

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Update - June 2011

Having spent a few days working with the collection we're pleased to say that we've made a definite and positive start on the mammoth task of cataloguing, provenancing and preserving the items in the collection.

We decided to start with the documents and we managed to complete the first rough sort into categories of all of Doreen's papers, manuscripts, books, notes, diaries and original writings. While we have not been through all of them individually yet we focussed in on a number of categories, namely her original essays, her magical manuscripts and her poems and stories and we found a great deal of material in these categories alone that has previously been unpublished . . .which we hope to rectify in the future!

We've also equipped trustee Ashley Mortimer with some artefacts from the collection and some documents to enable him to begin giving talks on Doreen's legacy which we understand will begin in the next few weeks starting with some East Midlands Pagan Federation moots and gatherings spreading to Nottingham EMpyrean's invited speaker event in November and Pagan Pride in Nottingham on August 7th.

On the subject of Pagan Pride, the OFundation and the Centre For Pagan Studies is looking forward to making good on its promise to support the event and all the trustees will be there in Nottingham on August 7th to take part in the parade and give a talk on Doreen and her legacy as well as network and mingle and talk with anyone who is interested about Doreen, the collection and paganism in general.

Well, thats it for now, we'll keep blogging here with any more information as we get it including where we will be speaking and appearing and exhibiting.

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If you know of a group near you who'd be interested in hosting one of our travelling talks / exhibitions on any scale, small and intimate or large and grand, please get in touch with us on  or Ashley directly on

The Doreen Valiente Foundation

We are very pleased to announce that on the 6th March 2011 The Doreen Valiente Foundation was officially formed and has received ownership of the artefacts bequeathed to John Belham-Payne of the Centre For Pagan Studies by Doreen Valiente.
The primary objects of the foundation are "To protect artefacts which are important to the past, present and future of pagan religions" and "To make the artefacts available for education and research".

The Declaration of Trust was signed by the first trustees: John Belham-Payne, Julia Belham-Payne, Brian Botham, Patricia Botham and Ashley Mortimer.

The Foundation held its first meeting and made the following resolutions:

 * To seek charitable status from the Charities Commission
 * To design and prepare the artefacts for their new purpose: that of exhibition

The foundation has already received pledges of further artefacts to add to the collection and anticipates further growth with future donations.

For press and media enquiries relating to the Doreen Valiente Foundation and to the ongoing programme of fundraising events we are happy to give interviews to the media. Please contact: