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Caroline and Friends

Location: Macclesfield (Cheshire) - Paradise Mill, Silk Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2002, 31 October 2007
Further Comments: In 2002, a worker at the museum encountered several ghostly children on the site, one of which followed her home. The ghosts were described as non-threatening. The Shadow Seekers paranormal team were called in 2007 and 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.


Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (Tyne and Wear) - Hancock Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2004
Further Comments: It was reported in 2004 that this Egyptian mummy's ghost is still active, and now walks around the museum at night.

Aggie McGee

Location: Newtongrange (Lothian) - Scottish Mining Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a coal sorter has been named as Aggie McGee, while other ghost stories include a headless miner and screams of those who died in the pits.


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 hangar, 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 the Second World War 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.

Peterborough Museum.

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.

Guildhall, Poole.


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 guildhall 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 the First World War. 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.

Man with Penny Farthing

Location: Ripon (Yorkshire) - Workhouse Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2010s
Further Comments: A ghostly man standing alongside a penny farthing bicycle has been spotted standing outside the museum. Children's voices can reportedly be heard coming from within the workhouse after it has been closed and locked up for the night.

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.


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.

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London.

The Insane

Location: SE11 (Greater London) - Imperial War Museum, Lambeth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Second World War onwards
Further Comments: The site of the second Bethlem Royal Hospital, the site was used by the Woman's Auxiliary Air Force during the Second World War. Staff based there reported hearing ranting and screaming at night, and the sound of chains being rattled. Some believed it was the ghost of Rebecca Griffiths, who moved with the hospital when it relocated from its original location. 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, 2003-2005
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 (although historically, the only Kate to live here was aged four!), 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, like one worn by marines during the First World War. Other staff are said to have unusual experiences on site.


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.

Plethora of Pilchards

Location: St Ives (Cornwall) - Pressing stones (one currently outside Museum) around the town
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Large pressing stones, like the one outside the museum, were once a common feature around the town, and used to press oil from pilchards. If seen or heard to move unaided while being stored, it was considered an omen good fishing was ahead.

Falstaff's Experience museum in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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 (Tyne and Wear) - 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 hangars, 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 Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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.

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