Date: 02/03/24 to 03/03/24
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Location: Museum of East Dorset
Ticket Price: £40
Formerly known as The Priest's House Museum is located in the heart of Wimborne Minster, on the high street opposite the Minster Church. This historic building is Grade II listed and dates back to the 16th century; it has been restored to retain many of the original features including the 17th century main hall and 18th century parlour and Victorian kitchen.
John Bowdidge, a Gentleman, lived in the house between 1687 and 1695. Later, the building was divided between several families, indicating a lowering in status of the property. The front portion of the building was most likely used as a shop from the mid-1700s until 1960. At that time, Hilda Coles closed the family’s ironmonger’s shop, as it was by then, and decided to open a museum.
Museum staff have reported strange noises after the museum has closed, footsteps moving around the building and cases of books falling from bookshelves in empty rooms. Maybe one of the many families who have lived in the various houses that make up the site are still present? Hopefully we will find out.
Join Dark Encounters as we carry out a comprehensive paranormal investigation of the site. You will get to investigate for yourselves; setting up experiments, carrying out the experiments and recording your observations. So, whether it is a lone vigil in the Kitchen, EVP experiments in one of the exhibitions, or Dowsing experiments in the outbuildings you will be in the heart of the action. At the beginning of your evening you will have a briefing on ghost hunting techniques and the plan for the evening. Then you will split into smaller groups to carry out the investigation. The teams will be led by experienced investigators who will guide you to the correct areas and how to set up the experiments. There will be regular refreshment breaks and then at the end of the evening all teams will have a debriefing as we report the evidence recorded. We will be looking for correlations of phenomena between the groups and previous investigations we have carried out at the location - all recorded in the Casebook of Dark Encounters from 20 years.
The location: Museum of East Dorset
Address: 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster BH21 1HR
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Parking: Street Parking Available. Disabled parking spaces are also available nearby.
Accessibility: Platform lift between the ground and first floors. There is also ramp access throughout the museum and garden.