Jenner Museum discovers a ghost in its attic for Museums at Night 2009

By Culture24 Staff | 15 April 2009
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The ghost in the attic © Chris Sandys BBC Gloucester

"There have always been stories of ghosts at the Edward Jenner Museum. We usually take them with a pinch of salt," says Sarah Parker," the museum’s director. That was until a visiting photographer captured a ghostly figure in the attic of Dr Jenner’s former home.

A BBC photographer dropped in to get some snaps of the museum's latest exhibition and when he got back to the office discovered some unexpected and unexplainable shapes in his pictures.

"I don't believe in ghosts myself," says Chris Sandys, BBC photographer, "but this is strange! As soon as I'd taken the panoramic photo, I reviewed the image on the camera, and straight away noticed this strange formation of light, shaped like a figure, through the doorway in the next room.

"Without moving I did a few takes to try and work out what had caused it but couldn't see anything. So weird!"

Photo taken through open attic doorway showing what looks like a shadowy figure in pale clothes sitting on a chair.
© Chris Sandys, BBC Gloucester.

The ghost in the attic © Chris Sandys BBC Gloucester

The museum is holding special candlelit tours of the spooky attic on Saturday May 16 to mark Edward Jenner’s birthday, accompanied by Georgian music, wine and canapés.

"We hope that visitors will come along for Museums at Night and make up their own minds and you never know there could be another sighting. Our exhibition is called Ghosts in the Attic but we never expected to see a real ghost," says Sarah

"I am a complete sceptic about ghosts but we can’t get over the picture – it looks like a figure or two figures and we can’t explain it. The figure looks quite large and could be a soldier as we have found graffiti in the attic with names and ranks of soldiers who had stayed in the house, possibly during the 19th century."

The attic has never before been opened up to the public and retains much of its original 18th/19th century character – a time capsule gem - and it is home to a brand new exhibition Ghosts in the Attic: from Smallpox to MMR.

Tours must be booked in advance: Ticketing details/costs further information available on the website

A panaoramic shot of the attic can be seen on the BBC Gloucestershire website

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