Blog and Guest Writers

Dec. 28, 2021

Digging Up History

The 18th and 19th century ushered in a medical interest in detailed anatomy thanks to the increase in the importance of surgery. In order for physicians to study anatomy human cadavers were needed. As early as 1540 Henry VIII passed an edict allowin…

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Dec. 14, 2021

Bring Out Your Dead

In the summer of 1665 Londoners were dying from a horrible and familiar disease. Although it was a regular visitor to the city, bubonic plague had returned with a vengeance. By the end of the year, the ‘Great Plague’ had taken the lives …

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The Great Amherst Mystery was a notorious case of reported poltergeist activity in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada between 1878 and 1879 . This two story cottage was the subject of an investigation by Walter Hubbell, an actor with an interest in psychi…

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Secluded on the outskirts of Rockville, Indiana stands an ominous 110-year-old tuberculous sanatorium that has been gaining quite the reputation in the paranormal field. What had once been an active medical facility merely ten years ago, the Indiana…

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Nov. 2, 2021

Haunted History

‘There’s a figure against the moon, Nobody sees it but I and it makes my breast beat out of tune…’ Thomas Hardy We are surrounded by Haunted History. Exploring the stories and history of our local area is important to prese…

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Oct. 19, 2021

Memento Mori

Remember Death For our medieval ancestors the prospect of death was a feature of their daily lives. Epidemic disease, poor nutrition, famine, basic medical care, inadequate housing and appallingly violent warfare meant that the average life expecta…

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“Ring the bell softly, There’s crape on the door” J.M Hunt The Victorians are known for their rituals and traditions and our Christmas customs aren’t the only things that we have inherited from this particular period. Our w…

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Exploring the Hauntings of Battlefields   It's approaching midnight as my heart rate kicks up, the anticipation of the night to come is making me jumpy with pent up adrenaline. The same old line of questions sit on repeat in my head: Is it …

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson described the yew thus; “Thy fibres net the dreamless head Thy roots are wrapt about the bones” Cemeteries were conceived and designed both as gardens of the dead and as a memorial. The inscription on memorials, …

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Aug. 30, 2021

Through the door

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S Lewis    On the 22nd November 1963, a day many will associate with the assassination and death of US President John F. Kennedy, Clive Staples Lewis (C.S L…

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