The second of today’s Museums at Night event reviews comes from Culture24’s Jack Shoulder, who investigated ghostly goings-on with the housemaids of Preston Manor in Brighton.
The sun was slowly sinking below the horizon as I made my way towards one of the oldest and most haunted buildings in Brighton.
A sense of trepidation was gnawing at me: what had I let myself in for?
What if there were no crooked real estate agents waiting to be unmasked by a plucky gang of youths and their talking dog?
What if there was actually a g-g-g-ghost?
Putting me, and the rest of the group instantly at ease – no easy task considering the range of people present – was housemaid Daisy.
“You’re the reporters from the paper here about them murders?”
This bit of make-believe made the supernatural much less scary for the younger members of the group.
We were soon joined by Maisy, whose comedic entrance sets the light-hearted tone of the evening.
There were some chills, yes, but the laughs provided by the double-act stopped the nightmares from setting in, even when the ghost stories took a darker turn as the night went on.
On nights like this, there is always the danger that the fictions will overshadow the facts. However, Daisy and Maisy were able to tell the stories of the house without getting bogged down by the things that go bump in the night.
In his free time he blogs about his adventures in museums: http://jacksadventuresinmuseumland.wordpress.com/
Follow Jack on Twitter at @jackshoulder.
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