Strange Events at Museums

 
 


Peter Denny

Location: Dumbarton (Dumbartonshire) - Denny Tank Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2009
Further Comments: Peter Denny, who died in 1895, was named as a ghostly suspect behind the haunting of this building, which mostly consisted of people feeling a 'presence'.


 
 


B17 Crew

Location: Duxford (Cambridgeshire) - Imperial War Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The control tower is haunted by crew from a B17 which hit the building while attempting a landing. Other witnesses report hearing the sound of aircraft flying low overhead, though nothing can be seen, while hanger 5 is another paranormal hotspot.


 
 


Laughter

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Laughing, crying and whispering are all said to have been heard coming from empty rooms within the building, and phantom footsteps walk on the upper floors.


 
 


Robert Louis Stevenson

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Stevenson House (was a museum, now a private residence)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A phantom which has made the occasional appearance at this locale is named as former owner Robert Louis Stevenson.


 
 


Blur

Location: Ellesmere Port (Cheshire) - Boat Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A strange creamy-coloured figure was caught on film in this building.


 
 


Edith

Location: Fort William (Highland) - West Highland Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: Edith MacGregor, once a curator, has been heard typing away in one of the rooms upstairs though she died back in the sixties. No typewriters can be found in the building; all have been replaced by PCs.


 
 


Screaming Children

Location: Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Museum of Transport
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A museum security guard reported encountering several spooky occurrences during his time working here, including the screams of children, balls of blue light and sightings of a headless woman.


 
 


Blurred Figure

Location: Gloucester (Gloucestershire) - National Waterways Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 29 July 2008
Further Comments: A photograph taken by a thirteen year old girl in this building apparently shows a ghostly figure partly obscured by a wooden barrel. Other visitors have reported seeing a man in black or have heard footsteps or voices in parts of the museum that should have been empty.


 
 


Man in a White Coat

Location: Leeds (Yorkshire) - Thackray Medical Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post 1997
Further Comments: A ghostly man in a white coat has been spotted in the recreation of a Victorian Street within this building, while a grey lady dressed in nineteenth century clothing waves at staff along the second floor.


 
 


Engineer

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Abbey Pumping Station Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An engineer fell to his death in the beam engine house. His spirit still lingers, playing with lights and making noises in the basement.


 
 


CCTV Figures

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Belgrave Hall Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 December 1998
Further Comments: Recorded by CCTV, two ghostly figures were briefly seen in the grounds. Though the image was later explained as being 'leaves caught in the light', the building is reportedly haunted by a middle aged woman in a pale dress, who gives off a friendly aura.


 
 


Headless Piper

Location: Lisburn (County Antrim) - Piper's Hill, near the Linen Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This poor ghostly piper is said to have lost his head after an accident with a cannon ball.


 
 


Housekeeper

Location: Luton (Bedfordshire) - Museum & Art Gallery, Wardown Park
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: Two engineers working overnight to fix the heating system spotted a woman in a dark dress with a large set of keys on her belt. She walked up the back staircase - the engineers tried to follow her, but she vanished. The following morning the building caretaker confirmed that no one else was in the building during the night. Several other people had heard disembodied footsteps on the same staircase, but had never seen who they belonged to. One local legend says that a Victorian housekeeper drowned herself nearby after a failed romance.


 
 


Caroline and Friends

Location: Macclesfield (Cheshire) - Paradise Mill, Silk Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 31 October 2007
Further Comments: After staff reported hearing children's ghostly laughter, the Shadow Seekers paranormal team were called in. Members of the group claimed to have used dowsing rods to determine that the spirits of four children remained in the mill - Caroline, Sarah, Rebecca and John.


 
 


Rebecca Alexander

Location: Maidstone (Kent) - The Museum of Kent Life
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Rebecca is thought to be a farmer's wife who died in 1912 in an accident involving a cart. Her presence is said to be non threatening, and she spends her time looking for her newborn baby, who survived the accident.


 
 


Guinevere's Tombstone

Location: Meigle (Perth and Kinross) - Museum
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Killed at nearby Alyth, Guinevere (wife of King Arthur) was buried in this small town - what could be her tombstone is on display in the museum.


 
 


Mummy

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Northumberland) - Hancock Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is reported that this Egyptian mummy's ghost is still active, and now walks around the museum at night.


 
 


Tobacco

Location: North Berwick (Lothian) - East Fortune Airfield (museum)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: The smell of tobacco is said to fill the air in the top hanger, even though no smokers are present. Mild poltergeist activity is reported, and occasionally a phantom man is seen wearing dark coveralls.


 
 


S for Sugar

Location: NW4 (Greater London) - Hendon Air Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The Lancaster Bomber 'S for Sugar', which is kept on site here, still retains its crew from World War Two in spirit form. A gunner has been observed sitting in one of the turrets, while the sounds of people working on the aircraft have been recorded late at night.


 
 


Woman and Child

Location: Outer London: Harrow (Greater London) - Headstone Manor (Harrow Museum)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Several entities are reported to haunt this building once owned by Henry VIII. These include visual manifestations of a phantom woman with a child, a man wearing coarsely woven fabric clothing, and of a light floating up the staircase, while the sounds of a baby crying and plainchant have also been reported.


 
 


Thomas Hunter

Location: Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) - Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Anzac during the 1970s, others unknown
Further Comments: Sergeant Thomas Hunter, with the Anzacs during the First World War, died in the building 31 July 1916 when it was a hospital. Hunter was last seen drifting up the staircase, though he is blamed for moving items around the building at night or placing icy cold hands on people. Other entities said to haunt here include a scruffy man in the cellar, a white woman in the upper part of the building, a young girl in the former operating theatre, and a phantom Roman soldier who stands by a sword that is on display.


 
 


Clerk

Location: Poole (Dorset) - Guildhall (former museum)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1991
Further Comments: A clerk who hanged himself during a state of depression in the building is thought to linger on, and is sometimes heard walking around the upper regions of the building.


 
 


Dark Shadow

Location: Ramsey (Cambridgeshire) - Ramsey Rural Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2013
Further Comments: Cambridgeshire Supernatural Investigators claimed to have recorded unexplained noises and caught images of a dark shadow while investigating this site.


 
 


Man in Green

Location: Ripley (Derbyshire) - Butterley Station railway museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 6 May 1991
Further Comments: A visitor to the museum reported seeing a dark-haired man dressed in green clothing that looked like it was from World War One. The entity sat in an old box coach, used mainly for storage because of bad condition. Other people have complained of a strange atmosphere in the car.


 
 


Grey Lady

Location: Salisbury (Wiltshire) - The Wardrobe (currently a museum)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Pre 1970s?
Further Comments: A phantom grey woman was said to haunt this building prior to renovation - it is unclear whether she has remained.


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