Video Now Online - Satanic Abuse Scare in the UK, 25 Years On

Video of the Evening Lectures held in partnership with Treadwells on 5 July 2016 now available here.

In the late 1980s and early ‘90s the media portrayed Pagans as satanic, large-scale ritual child abusers. Definitively disproven by a thorough government-funded investigation, the scare is nonetheless of significance for understanding public perceptions of and reactions to new religious movements, British society at the time, and ideas about Paganism. We will revisit the scare with first-hand accounts of what it was like for Pagans, and how it ended as a result of thorough research and investigative journalism.

The evening started at 5.30 with a wine reception and small exhibition of periodicals and ephemera of the era, courtesy of Phil Hine and the Inform archives. 

The speakers were:
Jean La Fontaine, Prof Emeritus, LSE & Honorary Research Fellow, Inform
Prudence Jones, former president of the Pagan Federation
Phil Hine, Co-founder and co-editor of Pagan News 
Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist and Sarah Harvey, Deputy Director of Inform and Research Officer at Inform
Rosie Waterhouse, Director of MA in Investigative Journalism, City University London and freelance journalist