DORSET COUNTY MUSEUM
On Saturday 24th June 2017, Twilight Shadows Paranormal
conducted a paranormal investigation at the Dorset County Museum in
Dorchester, Dorset. We were very excited about the prospect of
investigating this beautiful building which contained such
interesting artifacts. After a tour around the building, we decided
to start our investigation inside the library.
The library was the most fascinating place. It was floor to
ceiling high in books. As soon as we stepped into the library, most
of us sensed an atmosphere. We were eager to get started. We sat
around a huge table and Tracy began to 'call out' asking any spirits
present to join us and make contact with us if possible. Eventually,
there was a knock on the table. We asked many questions, asking if
the books ever moved and was it possible that a spirit could move
something within the room while we were in there. After a very long
time, there was a knock on the table and I heard a strange noise in
the corner behind me.
Rachel said that she was feeling odd and one of our guest
investigators, (a lady called Julie) told us that she felt like her
hands were being moved. Jacky and I both 'called out' to the spirits
and we heard a couple of small, sharp knocks. Julie said that she had
a cold feeling enveloping her and at the same time, a light was seen
between Julie and Jacky.
We heard the sound of a chair being scraped elsewhere within the
room. The table started knocking and gently moving. There was a small
pause and then a rapid succession of knocks which sounded like a
machine gun. Somebody said something that made us laugh and the table
moved. As we chatted together, we all said that we felt that the
spirits were indifferent to us being there. It felt that they were
neither pleased or displeased by our presence.
Andrew placed the Geophone onto the table and the lights reacted
to the gentle knocking that we could hear and feel. We started to
discuss a news story about an Egyptian statue that was rotating in
the Manchester museum (which was later proved to be caused by the
vibrations from a busy road) and we all heard a loud knock. Jacky
said something that was really funny, making us laugh and the table
We decided to split and some of the team went to a different part
of the museum. Jacky, Dave, Matt, Andrew, Ben and I stayed in the
library. The boys were talking about the technical equipment which we
were using and there were definitive taps as if to make us re-focus
on the spirits. Matt apologised and asked if we could have some more
spirit contact with them. There were quiet knocks in front of us and
the table started shaking. Jacky kept talking to the spirits and they
appeared to respond by continuous tapping. It seemed as if the table
Dave was monitoring the temperature which he said was fluctuating
erratically. Ben said that he was getting a hit with the K2 meter. We
all heard a very strange noise in the room. This happened twice in
quick succession. The EMF meter which was situated elsewhere in the
room started to react.
RURAL DORSET EXHIBITION
We next walked over to the Rural Dorset exhibition where there is
a splendid collection of agricultural machinery. We lingered here for
a while but we did not feel any spiritual presence in this area.
We walked on to a small room which was a replica of a living
space. There was a bed, a table which was set for a meal and many
other artifacts including an old black pram which no-one liked. We
had been told that this was the oldest part of the building and was
originally an inn/stables.
We 'called out' asking for spiritual activity. We really hoped to
hear some footsteps or a voice. I could see movement with my eyes
(not on night-vision camcorder) above the bed. It was like a 3D light
anomaly and it was gone before we could try to capture it.
We sat chatting for a while and then we heard someone moving
upstairs. There was nobody up there and it was out of bounds to the
team so we couldn't go up and investigate. We sat quietly and the
noise stopped. Nothing happened for ages and then I saw a light go
from above Jacky's head, travel straight up and then shoot away to
the left. The temperature was dropping rapidly, we could all feel it
and it was verified by our thermometer. Matt was sitting at the
bottom of the stairs and he suddenly moved as he felt uncomfortable.
Ben was sweeping the area with an EMF meter and there was no
reading until he came to the old Victorian pram. He retested this
several times and it was the only thing that triggered an EMF
reading. I went to stand by the pram but I was very uncomfortable.
Matt went to stand at the bottom of the stairs again but he was too
unnerved to stay there for long.
Ben and Dave left the room to get some additional equipment,
leaving Jacky, Matt, Andrew and I. We all sat around the pushchair
and we were all afraid. Suddenly, something blew into my ear quite
hard. It was a horrible feeling.
As we entered this enormous room, Daniel said, “There's
something in here.” I could feel a strong presence as well. We
stood around in a circle and I 'called out.' Quite quickly we
captured a strange audible on EVP which sounded like a woman moaning.
A short while later, a similar EVP was captured again. I knocked on a
table three times and the door nearby knocked three times as if in
answer. A considerable time passed when nothing happened and then we
all heard a female voice. Matt and Rachel both said that they could
see shadows moving around up on the gallery. We knew that there was
nobody up there.
There was a scratching sound underneath the table in the middle of
us. Rachel said that she had just heard a female voice again. This
prompted some of the others to say that they had heard it as well
although it sounded like a scream to them. Just after this, we
captured an EVP of a choking sound. I then heard a sigh right beside
me. I rapped out a pattern of knocks onto the table and the knocks
were copied. I did it again and again but it only happened once.
We heard the female voice moaning again, followed by a scratching
noise underneath the table. We all swung around as we heard footsteps
in the corner of the room where nobody was standing. There was more
scratching underneath the table. We then all heard a very weird noise
that is really difficult to describe. The table started tapping.
After a considerable time, we heard a really loud noise within the
room which sounded like scraping metal on the floor. There was nobody
in that part of the room. Jokingly, I asked that if 'they' did not
like us being there, then they should tell us to, 'Get out.' Although
we didn't hear this at the time, we captured an EVP with a male voice
whispering 'Get out.'
We 'called out' and a door opened and closed at the top of the
stairs. Matt ran up the stairs to check that nobody was up there
(even though we knew that there wasn't). Matt had a good look around
and said that there wasn't anybody there. We started to feel that the
spirit really did not want us in this room.
This was a lovely wood paneled room with a beautiful fireplace.
There were small desks, each filled with individual things relating
to a different child. I sat in here with Matt and Andrew. We sat
together, chatting quietly and Andrew exclaimed, “What was that?”
We all heard a low, groaning sound close by. It was quite an
unpleasant noise. There was the sound of movement in the room. All
was quiet for a long time and then we were joined by Daniel and
Rachel. I asked for a spirit to join us and Rachel said that she
heard a noise which she thought sounded like a female screaming.
After a while, I heard a noise which sounded like someone huffing
impatiently. All was quiet after this so we decided to explore other
parts of the museum.
THOMAS HARDY EXHIBITION
As an avid reader of Thomas Hardy novels, I was really hoping for
something to happen here but nothing at all occurred here.
We wandered through the artifacts and we came across an amazing
Punch puppet which was enclosed inside a glass case on the wall. I
asked him if he could move much to everyone's horror. He didn't, much
to their relief.
We stopped by the skeletons and spent some quiet time reflecting
upon the violent deaths that these individuals had experienced.
Nothing of a paranormal nature happened in this area.
ANCIENT DORSET EXHIBITION
I 'called out' and after a while we all heard a strange groaning
noise. After this, all was quiet.
We did not experience anything in this room.
BACK TO THE LIBRARY
The library did not seem to feel as atmospheric as it had done
previously. We were joined by Jacky and Dave who told us that they
had experienced a drop in temperature in the library earlier. They
had also seen a female figure and a few shadowy figures. They had
seen light anomalies and for some reason, Dave had felt angry and
aggressive. We didn't experience anything paranormal this time in the
BACK TO THE BARN
As we re-entered this room, the atmosphere felt dark and
foreboding. Ben had spent quite a long time in here with varying
electronic equipment and had obtained good results. We sat around and
Lesley asked the spirits if they would decrease the temperature while
she monitored the readings. Her request appeared to be granted. We
started to get positive EMF results by the pram. Ben had some amazing
results with Kinetic Infrared Skeletal Mapping. A small figure
appeared either in front of, or inside the pram. Ben had checked with
the museum staff about electrical cables and it is believed that
there are no cables in that area. Ben wondered if the pram area was a
vortex as there seemed to be a lot of energy there. The energy was
palpable. You didn't really need electronic equipment to know that it
We 'called out' and a breeze was felt by most of us. I thought
that it was a female energy. Everything was quiet after this so we
decided for everyone to gather together in the Victorian Gallery for
a final séance.
As we assembled inside this room, the EVP recorded a horrible
noise like an awful screech. A few people heard it but it is clearer
and more scary on EVP. I 'called out ' for our final vigil. As I
asked for a noise, there was a tap in the room. Ben asked, “Can you
do that again please?” Our EVP captured the sound of a female
laugh. Nobody heard it at the time. I knocked the table and asked for
'someone' to copy me. A knock copied my knock but this happened only
once. After this, all spiritual activity seemed to drain and as it
was very late, we decided to end our investigation.
On behalf of the Twilight Shadows Paranormal Team, I would like to
thank the staff of the Dorset County Museum for allowing us to
investigate this beautiful building and to team member Tracy for
organising the evening.
Written by: Maria Williams.