What happened when I spent a night in a “haunted” museum in Nottingham

Besides its rich history and vibrant nightlife, Nottingham is also considered a place where spirits make their presence felt in homes and popular places, according to Ghostbusters. Our journalist Olimpia Zagnat visited a popular place in the heart of the city at night and found out (once and for all) if any ghosts were actually there.

Urban legend says that the spirits of the dead are very common in cities like Nottingham, with historic places some of the “most favorite” shelters for ghosts.

After speaking to a few private investigators in town and spurred on by my own curiosity, I ventured out to what would be one of the most haunted places in the county where I spent the night to see if the spooky rumors could be. true.

I booked to stay overnight at Robin Hood Experience at Friar Lane which is apparently known for paranormal activity which cannot be explained by logical reasoning.

Equipped with a few cans of Coke Zero to get me through the night, I was greeted by three private investigators who had an impressive array of devices to help them detect paranormal activity.

Paul Mells, one of the Ghostbusters and also a tarot reader, said he spent thousands of dollars on his equipment, explaining how each gadget serves a different purpose and comes in handy during investigations.

The 41-year-old, who currently works in security – but hopes to make a living from ghost hunting soon.

He and Andy Hopkins, who led our joint investigation, introduced me to all the different devices that detect ultrasound or shadows that cannot be seen by the human eye.

We were also joined by Mr. Hopkin’s girlfriend, Becky Write, the director of their paranormal investigation company, Spirit Beautiful – and a full-time teacher in her non-paranormal life.

After a brief introduction, we ventured into the dark rooms around the hall hoping with high hopes to meet some sympathetic ghosts.



(LR) Becky Write, Andy Hopkins and Paul Mells with their professional gear.

An important thing to remember on an expedition like this is that spirits, according to Mr. Hopkins, can experience fear – so it is important to stay contained around them if you are looking for a peaceful and enjoyable experience. .

There were four rooms that we carefully studied, next to a cave hidden under the ground floor of the place.

Every time we walked into a room Mr. Hopkins would first say something about the energy inside and whether we were greeted or not.

It soon became very clear to me that apparent ghosts are very straightforward when it comes to interacting with human beings when a so-called “misogynist spirit” was not happy with me and the other. investigator wandering in her private shelter.

The steps to detecting a paranormal presence seem simple enough, but in reality, it takes years of experience to put them into practice.

“If there’s a spirit inside this room, let it be felt,” Mr. Hopkins said as the rest of us stood in the dark.

In most cases, we heard a knock or sound that would confirm that ghosts were readily available to speak to us.

“One shot for yes, two for now,” added the lead investigator before beginning the questioning.

I’m not sure if it was the fatigue or the adrenaline that affected my common sense, but I was completely captivated by Mr. Hopkin’s activities – and convinced I heard the beatings, too.

Each “ghost” we encountered on our journey had their own unique story that never left them to die in peace – hence their grumpy presence in the human world to this day.

For the misogynistic ghost called Benjamin, it was a failed relationship that made him hate women.

“One way to communicate with spirits is to let them speak through you,” Hopkins explained before closing his eyes to let the paranormal entity take over.



Olimpia Zagnat
Mr. Hopkins during the trance.

A heated confrontation took place with Benjamin, who obviously did not like us.

And although I was quite skeptical at first, it was enough for the alleged ghost to apparently yell at me once in a grotesque voice to have the decision to come here in the first place reassessed.

It was probably the most disagreeable interview I have ever conducted – and Benjamin didn’t seem impressed with my journalistic skills as he yelled a “shut up” before Mr. Hopkins woke up from the room. self-induced trance.

But that did not deter us as we continued our in-depth investigation.

Probably the scariest part of the place was the cave, where this supposedly teenage ghost was located who wasn’t very responsive when we tried to interact with her.

According to the investigator, the so-called entity was intrigued by my appearance and chose to stand where I was sitting.

However, I wasn’t very keen on having another hectic conversation with a ghost who might not have the best of intentions, so I immediately left the cave.

The night was far from over and we all went into the room that would have been filled with spirits and ghosts – just what we were looking for.



I was joined by the Spirit Beautiful investigation team.
I was joined by the Spirit Beautiful investigation team.

Once there, we linked our hands and formed a circle to regroup our energies, and thus maximize our chances of interacting with the spirits.

After a few more hits and investigators saying they felt contact on their shoulder or back, we moved on to the next ritual.

In this exercise, I was basically used as a human pendulum and stood between Mr. Hopkins and his girlfriend as they tried to communicate with ghosts.

They explained to me that the entities would communicate with us using my body as a pendulum – I would go forward for ‘yes’ and back for ‘no’.

Now either my sense of balance is very bad or ghosts actually exist – because my body has inexplicably moved forward or backward in response to each of Mr. Hopkin’s questions.

I may have started this experience as a stubborn skeptic, but I left the room with dark circles under my eyes and asking many questions.

When we first met Mr. Hopkins said to me, “We’re not trying to convince you of anything – but we just hope tonight will spark your curiosity.”

I can’t say for sure that ghosts exist – but I must admit that I wasn’t brave enough to stand up against misogynist ghost Benjamin, or spend half an hour in a room on my own.

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