Leeds Thackray Museum
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Ghost Hunt UK make a return to the venue that was voted the most haunted location by the team in 2016. Could you be brave and spend a night here?
The Thackray Medical Museum is just north of Leeds city centre. It is a Grade II listed old workhouse building. In the late 1840s after an influx of Irish vagrants in the wake of the Great Famine, the old Lady Lane workhouse was unable to cope so the “Poor Law Guardians” of Leeds resolved to build a new workhouse with the latest facilities. The new workhouse comprised a main block, infirmary, chapel, and “idiotic” wards with a large new infirmary added to the site in 1872-4. The original infirmary, to the north of the chapel, had up to 140 beds, including some for the mentally ill.
In 1904, the building underwent a “reconstruction”, and several new buildings were erected at the site, the updated Workhouse now accommodated 784 paupers who existed under a spartan regime of work in return for food and accommodation, with discipline rigorously applied by the Master, who was responsible to the Guardians.
Since 1997 the building has been used to house the impressive Thackray Medical Museum with its highlight being a real-life Victorian Street and operating theatre. Its conversion from hospital to museum seems to have stirred a great deal of energy and the building is well known for paranormal activity including:
A woman in 18th century clothing, has been seen by staff. Footsteps have been heard by many people, and a constant smell of urine. A man in a frock coat has been seen in the reconstruction of the Victorian street. Plenty of knocks and bangs have been heard throughout the building. Anormal Sightings
When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our team and you will be placed into a small group. Once introductions have been made and the team have run though the health and safety. You will explore different parts of the building throughout the evening with your team member. You will get the chance to conduct some amazing experiments such as Ouija Boards, Table Tipping, Glass Moving vigils and our up-to-date ghost hunting equipment. We will be using the most active areas of the venue throughout the night and you will be guided through this terrifying process by our friendly and capable team. Included near the end of your evening you will be able to go off and explore for an hour to yourself using what equipment you would like. Do you dare to explore the unknown?