Boo! Britain gets first ghost school
Muncaster Castle, an 800-year-old country pile in the scenic Lake District of northwest England, has been chosen for residential course.Updated: Jan 21, 2006 20:13 IST
One of Britain's most haunted houses will become the country's first ghost school, aimed at giving the public a chance to decide whether things really do go bump in the night.
Muncaster Castle, an 800-year-old country pile in the scenic Lake District of northwest England, has been chosen for the two-day residential course because of its spine-chilling reputation for spooks and spectres.
Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist from the University of Birmingham, grew up within 15 kilometres of the castle and will run the course in March.
A self-confessed sceptic about the paranormal, he said the idea was to teach people to apply genuine scientific skills so they can decide for themselves what lies behind phenomena that appear to have no rational explanation.
"I'm not saying I can explain these experiences but I am saying that you will have the mental tools to look seriously and sensibly at them. It's not a 'turn-out-the-lights, is there anybody there?' experience," he told AFP.
Braithwaite, 34, whose day job entails working with brain damaged patients, has spent nearly 15 years researching why there have been so many ghost sightings at Muncaster, particularly in the castle's Tapestry Room.
Sounds of children crying and screaming, feelings of an other-worldly presence, the sound of footsteps and fleeting visions have all been reported in the room -- where guests reputedly never spend a second night.
First Published: Jan 21, 2006 20:13 IST