The Spookiest Finds on the Museum Mile this Halloween
With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve uncovered some of the most haunting finds along Museum Mile, ready to thrill and delight curious minds young and old. Museum Mile is an intriguing collection of 13 extraordinary museums spanning from King’s Cross to the River Thames and across Camden.
Ghosts from Dickens’s past
Charles Dickens Museum, Thurs 25 October
On All Hallow’s Eve, come face to face with the ghost of Dickens’s past, with fortune telling and tales of the dearly departed, as you experience the writer’s beautiful townhouse as if the author himself had just stepped out the door. Find out just what it was like to be in a Victorian home after dark. Read more here.
A skull and bones apron
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
From 1700 to 1870, Freemasons loved adorning their aprons with the crucifix and skull and bones, as a reminder to the wearer to live a good life before death. The skull and bones on this apron of the Masonic Knight Templar is made from real bone. See this and other curiously spooky objects at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry. Read more here.
Halloween: Shadow and Light
British Museum, Wed 31 October 2018
Celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, marking the beginning of the ‘darker half’ of the year at the first ever Members' exclusive Museum LATE. Reflecting on themes of shadow, light, light and death, the night includes torch-lit tours, potion making, quizzes, fortune telling and more. Read more here.
The Gothic: Supernatural and uncanny happenings
The British Library’s Discovering Literature website features spectacular examples of Victorian and Gothic fiction. Discover the original manuscripts of these famous novels, from Dracula to Frankenstein. Read more here.
Something strange is happening at UCL Museums…
Take your pick of not one, but two eerie evening events. Drinks included and dressing up strongly encouraged! Sign up for a monstrous talk at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology or come along for a ghoulish late opening at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Read more here.
The Cartoon Museum may be moving to a new venue in 2019, but George the ghost will continue to haunt their old home at 35 Little Russell Street.
The building was originally built for The Express Dairy Company Ltd, established by George Barham (1836-1913), in 1888. George went on to become chair of the British Dairy Farmers Association, Mayor of Hampstead and High Sheriff of Middlesex and was knighted in 1904. He’s still making his presence known - when he isn’t in the pub next door moving tables and smashing glasses, he is ringing the door bell and banging on doors. Walk past and see if you can hear him!