Guards from British Museum report spooky goings on with ghostly footsteps and strange noises heard among the exhibits – The Sun
BRITISH Museum guards have reported a series of spooky goings-on – including ghostly footsteps and mysterious crying among the exhibits.
Workers at the London attraction, which is home to more than eight million ancient artefacts, have been hearing things go bump in the night.
Some have reported doors swinging open, fire alarms sounding at midnight and chilling music floating through the galleries of the 18th Century building.
Others say glowing white orbs have been spotted hovering above a staircase in the Great Court on CCTV footage.
Tourist have even reported seeing the ghost of a female dwarf in the reflection of a glass case holding a 16th Century mechanical galleon.
The spooky tales have been collated by artist Noah Angell, who spent four years talking to 50 employees about their experiences.
Among the more ghostly stories is from Phil Heary, who said he felt the temperature drop dramatically while in the Ancient Egypt gallery where 19 mummies were on display.
'YOU WANTED TO GET OUT'
The guard, who worked at the museum for 29 years, said: "It was like walking into a freezer.
"My stomach turned over. The feel of the gallery was – you wanted to get out. I'm a great believer that, wherever you’re buried, you should stay there. A lot of the mummies there should be back in their graves."
The First Egyptian Room is also home to the mummy case of a high priestess of the Temple of Amen-Ra known as the "Unlucky Mummy".
It was donated to the British Museum in July 1889 and has been blamed with causing death, injury and even catastrophes such as the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
There have also been supernatural stories attached to the Elgin Marbles, which were removed from the Parthenon in Greece in the 1800s.
According to legend among workers, the sculptures were heard weeping inside the crate as they were moved to the UK.
Other guards claim they have bolted the doors to the Sutton Hoo gallery – just to find out they were wide open again moments later.
One worker said they heard fire alarms ringing out through the museum after pointing at the figure of a two-headed dog made in the 19th Century.
And in the dead of night, the overnight security team heard an alarm sound from a disabled bathroom above the staircase in the Great Court.
A CCTV operator then told them there were large balls of white light floating above the steps – but the guards couldn't see anything.
Spooked employees at the time believed the orbs could be connected to a white, wrought-iron gate from a concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany which formed part of an exhibition from October 2014 to January 2015.
Mr Angell first began investigation the goings-on in 2016 after hearing the stories at a pub in London.
He said: "I thought that there would be a half dozen or so stories which everyone knows, and they circulate around the museum, and little variations and mutations are created."
Jim Peters, collections manager at the Britain, Europe and Prehistory department, said he "agrees to a certain extent" there could be "restless objects" inside the museum.
The British Museum was established in 1753 and opened six years later at Montagu House.
It is currently closed due to coronavirus lockdown.
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