Jonathan Ferguson has a particular interest in the folklore and mythology of arms and armour as well as popular culture and the supernatural. Today vampires are largely fodder for movies, books and Halloween costumes. They drink human blood, have fangs and are warded off by garlic or a stake through the heart. But for many centuries anecdotal records describe actual eye witness accounts of vampires terrorising villages.
During the talk Jonathan will explain the history of vampire slaying in both folklore and fiction, from the iconic wooden stake to garlic. He will also share his research into the mysterious ‘vampire killing kits’ and how they fit into this larger tradition of supernatural self-defence. During the evening visitors will have the opportunity to see up close a Vampire Slaying Kit, usually on display in the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.