Monsters in Museums

The nights are getting crisper, and darkness is descending upon the land earlier each evening. This can only mean one thing; “Winter is” as they say “coming.” But before Winter arrives, we celebrate that most bizarre of holidays. You know the one, it’s where we make shapes out of gourds, dress up as the things…

Jinxed Jewellery: The Case of the Cursed Amethyst.

Safely stored away in the Natural History Museum‘s special display of sparkling diamonds and mysterious meteorites known as The Vault sits a stone with a sinister story. Stolen from an Indian Temple in 1855 during a mutiny, it made its way back to Victorian England with devastating results for all who claimed to own this perplexing…

Public Transport is Hell: Another Halloween Special

It was almost a dark and stormy night, almost a perfect night to take up the challenge emblazoned on the leaflet: “Dare you enter the museum?”  Perfect night or not, my friends and I took up the mantel anyway. The museum in question was a local one that I have never been to before: The…

Smallpox and the Supernatural: The Very Strange Case of Edward Jenner

Another Halloween Special: This Adventure takes us out of the safe comfortable environs to which I have grown accustomed, to a place far, far away into deepest Berkeley, in Gloucester, where there lurks a ghost in the attic… Before we get to the juicy – if transparent – details, let us fill in the background…

Halloween Special 2: The Curse of the Mummies

The early 1930s, London was gripped in the linen-wrapped thrall of a veritable mummy-mania. Rumours of mummy curses were rife and many of them, unsurprisingly, circling around British Museum. These things happen when you display lots of dead bodies. I wouldn’t be so keen on tourists and school-groups gawping at my corpse. There are two…

Halloween Museums Special: The Hunterian Museum

It was a chill day at the close of October that our intrepid adventurer and his unflappable companion, Imogen, chose to delve beyond the facade of the Royal College of Surgeons and discover the secrets that lie within, come what may. Once through the chrome and glass barriers we ascend to the lair of the…