Strange Events at Museums

 
 


Presence

Location: Scunthorpe (Lincolnshire) - Ironstone Cottage, attached to the Borough museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about this alleged haunting.


 
 


The Insane

Location: SE11 (Greater London) - Imperial War Museum, Lambeth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: World War Two onwards
Further Comments: The site of the second Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane, the site was used by the Woman's Auxiliary Air Force during World War 2. Staff based there reported hearing ranting and screaming at night, and the sound of chains being rattled. More recently, a security guard reported hearing shouting and screaming on the site.


 
 


Kate and Friends

Location: Skegness (Lincolnshire) - Church Farm Museum (now known as The Village - Church Farm)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: Several phantoms were said to have made their home here. The farmhouse was reputed to be haunted by an old man and his wife, Kate, while the Exhibit Barn was home to a dark shape, thought to be male. A door slamming poltergeist was said to be found in the Withern Cottage.


 
 


Frightened Dogs

Location: Southampton (Hampshire) - Tudor House Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Staff say that there is a room where dogs refuse to enter and another room in which many people have had paranormal experiences.


 
 


Blonde Figure

Location: Southsea (Hampshire) - Royal Marines Museum, Eastney
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: December 2008
Further Comments: A worker at the site reported briefly seeing a blonde haired figure in a dark blue uniform, similar to one worn by marines during the First World War. Other staff are said to have unusual experiences on site.


 
 


Laughter

Location: Spalding (Lincolnshire) - Gordon Boswell Romany Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June 2013
Further Comments: Museum owner Gordon Boswell reported in the local press that he had seen and heard a phantom little girl who is thought to have with one of the caravans onsite. The Xstream Paranormal group also reported to have heard the little girl laughing.


 
 


The Abbot's Chair

Location: St Ives (Cambridgeshire) - Norris Museum, the Hurstingstone (aka Psalm Stone)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Nicknamed the Abbot's Chair because of its shape, the chair is reputedly haunted, though descriptions of the haunter are not forthcoming. It is also said that if the stone sinks under the earth, the streets of Blantisham will run with blood.


 
 


Icy Mist

Location: Stratford upon Avon (Warwickshire) - Falstaff's Experience museum, Sheep Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: January 2004
Further Comments: A team of ghost hunters holding a vigil on the site claimed to have seen a room fill up with a cold mist at one point during the night. The museum claims to be haunted by several entities, including a young female pickpocket, a dark figure with glowing red eyes, and roundheads.


 
 


George & Co

Location: Sunderland (Durham) - North East Aircraft Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several entities are reputed to haunt this museum. The bottom half of a man has been seen walking around the hangers, wearing black trousers but no shoes. A phantom hound reputedly remains here, and poltergeist activity has also been reported - one witness watched an old fashioned gramophone, part of a static display, start to play unaided.


 
 


The Great Bed

Location: SW7 (Greater London) - Victoria & Albert Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Great Bed was made by Jonas Fosbrooke in the 1460's for the King. In later years, as the bed passed from owner to owner, Jonas' spirit began to attack anyone who slept in the bed who had no royal blood, unless a toast was drunk to him before lights out.


 
 


Screaming Women

Location: Tangmere (Sussex) - Aviation Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by a bomb during World War Two, members of the Woman's Auxiliary Air Force can still be heard screaming on this site.


 
 


Blonde

Location: Taunton (Somerset) - Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in seventeenth century clothing, this fair haired wraith drifts around the museum. Not so pretty is Judge Jeffrey's shade that also appears within the same building.


 
 


Washing Powder

Location: Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire) - Tewkesbury Museum, Barton Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: July 2007
Further Comments: Staff who claimed to detect the smell of an old fashioned washing powder and felt a presence called in Three Counties Paranormal Organisation to investigate further. It was speculated that the phantom was a woman who looked after evacuees during the World War Two.


 
 


Seat of Defeat

Location: Thirsk (Yorkshire) - Thirsk museum
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The museum houses a cursed wooden chair which brings death to any who sit on it, and is even said to bring misfortune if touched.


 
 


Cromwell

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Apsley House, aka the Wellington museum
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1832
Further Comments: Appearing only once, the ghost of Cromwell was seen by Wellington - the spectre warned the Iron Duke to let the 1832 Reform Bill through parliament. Wisely enough, the Iron Duke complied.


 
 


Lights Switching

Location: W8 (Greater London) - Natural History Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: The lights have been known to switch themselves on and off in the Entomology Library, while doors are locked and unlocked by an unseen hand. The Waterhouse building is also said to be haunted, this time by a phantom woman.


 
 


Thomas Oken

Location: Warwick (Warwickshire) - Doll Museum, Castle Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Heard climbing the stairs of his former property, Oken's popularity with the townsfolk may have something to do with his staying on.


 
 


The Case of Amen-Ra

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - British Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The fable here concerns a haunted mummy case - as well as the traditional curse, the casket in question was accompanied by acts of poltergeist like behaviour and the manifestation of a female figure. Thirteen mysterious deaths and suicides have been attributed to the sarcophagus. When the museum was Montague House, two brothers fought a duel in the land behind it (known as both Long Fields and Southampton Fields). So intense was their fight that no grass ever grew again in their footprints. According to T F Thiselton Dyer (Strange Pages from Family Papers), the footprints were located 'about three-quarters of a mile north of Montague House and five hundred yards east of Tottenham Court Road'.


 
 


Egyptian Princess

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - British Museum Station (closed 1933)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1933
Further Comments: Connected to the 'curse' of the Amen-Ra's tomb, this Egyptian Princess would return from the grave late at night and would wail and scream in the tunnels. A more recent report states that these sounds can now be heard further down the track, in Holborn station.


 
 


Dickens

Location: WC1 (Greater London) - Doughty Street, road outside Dickens's museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Dickens' ghost, dressed in black with a top hat, has been seen pacing along the street where he once lived.


 
 


The Man in a Tricorn Hat

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - British Optical Association Museum, Craven Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 March 2006
Further Comments: While engaging in redecoration of the building, one of the decorators encountered a crouching figure of an old man. Another ghostly figure was spotted a couple of days later, this time of a middle aged man wearing a dark blue coat with a tricorn hat, who asked the witness ‘Where’s Mary? I can’t find Mary.’


 
 


Screaming

Location: Weardale (Durham) - The North of England Lead Mining Museum - formally the killhope lead mine
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2003
Further Comments: Three ghost hunters wanting to raise money for charity tried to spend the night here, only to be scared off by a the screaming of a ghostly woman from a nearby wood.


 
 


Prodding

Location: West Bromwich (West Midlands) - Old Oak House Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2012
Further Comments: This location, which doubles as a 'ghost hunting experience' by night, is claimed to feature entities which prod and push witnesses.


 
 


Sarah

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Micklegate Bar Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The museum is currently home to the ghostly Sarah, who as a young girl lost her father's keys to the city. She dedicated the rest of her life to finding them, and on completion of the task dropped dead of old age. It is reported that her shade wanders the corridors victoriously rattling the keys.


 
 


Odd Spots

Location: York (Yorkshire) - National Railway Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A sleeping car housed here is said to contain a strange presence, while the darkroom is also reportedly home to a ghostly presence.


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