RICK HALE explores the many paranormal mysteries of the Torquay Museum in Devon…
529 Babbacombe Road
Torquay TQ1 1HG
With all the talk of haunted items taking up the imaginations of paranormal researchers these days, you would expect to hear that more museums being paranormal hotspots.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Either because these great institutions of knowledge are not haunted.
Or, they don’t allow their hauntings to reach the public, because they just don’t want that kind of a dubious reputation.
Nevertheless, some museums don’t appear to have a problem being known as a place where the dead eternally roam.
Torquay Museum in Torquay, Devon, on the English Riviera, not only embraces their ghosts, they actively encourage paranormal enthusiasts to come and experience their ghosts for themselves.
Fun for the whole family
Since 1874, this grade II listed museum is considered to be one of Britain’s most respected museums.
For generations the Torquay museum has welcomed countless people to come and explore its many ancient and contemporary artifacts.
Included in its exhibitions are Britain’s oldest fossil, the mummy of a four year old boy who died over 2000 years ago.
If you’re a fan of mystery novels, you will certainly enjoy the Agatha Christie gallery, detailing the author’s work.
And you and your family can explore Kent’s cavern and a reconstructed Devon farmhouse from the 1860s.
Although there is much to see here, there is one added feature at the Torquay museum, the ghosts that are believed to roam the building.
The haunting at the museum
The museum has become a popular investigation venue for paranormal enthusiasts from all over the United Kingdom.
And anyone with the courage to spend the night among its very active ghosts.
A great deal of evidence in the form of photographs and CCTV footage has been captured in the museum.
And it’s believed these ghosts may very well have come with the artefacts that make up the museum’s collection.
Devon farmhouse ghosts
The evidence that put the museum on the radar of paranormal researchers was a photograph taken in the Devon farmhouse.
The picture shows the ghostly image of a young woman wearing period clothes from the Victorian era.
The picture has gone viral on the internet as well as attracting a great deal of media coverage, both national and international.
Many in the paranormal community consider this clear picture of an apparition to be the best evidence supporting the existence of ghosts.
Curious things have popped up on the case of the mummified child before the shocked eyes of onlookers.
Tiny fingerprints have spontaneously formed on the inside of the case. A case that has not been opened in a decade.
Some believe the long dead ghost of the child is attempting to escape from the glass enclosure that holds his tender soul captive.
Visiting ghost hunters aren’t the only people that have been fortunate enough to capture strange activity on camera.
The museum’s CCTV is actively capturing proof of the afterlife.
Security personnel have witnessed the exploits of a rather unfriendly poltergeist that delights in making a mess of the museum’s shop.
Books, leaflets and souvenirs have been witnessed flying through the air guided by an unseen hand.
This poltergeist is considered to be nothing short of a nuisance as museum staff have to clean up the shop before opening for the day.
Apparitions and footsteps
Although this activity may be stunning, the ghostly inhabitants of the museum are not shy in showing themselves.
Staff and patrons alike have witnessed several distinct apparitions.
One apparition shocked museum visitors when it manifested and disappeared through a bookcase in the museum’s library.
Lastly, patrons have complained of heavy footsteps following them throughout the museum and the eerie feeling of some unseen person watching them.
Torquay museum is a haunted location that has embraced its ghostly residents.
Either you, or your paranormal group, can book nightly investigations that go from 8pm to 2am.
Or, if you’re brave enough, you can book an overnight investigation that goes from 8pm-9am.
And guests can sleep in the Explorer’s Gallery.
In addition, museum staff provide unlimited coffee, tea and snacks in case you need a pick me up as you hunt the ghosts.
No one has ever been able to ascertain who these ghosts were in life. But, they are some of the most active ghosts in all of Britain.