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Strangers' Hall in Norwich to host night of paranormal investigation

PUBLISHED: 10:28 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:28 18 December 2014

Strange things happening at Strangers Hall? Ghostly images as the museum prepares for a charity Fright Night where participants can hold paranormal investigations. Euan, a tudor scrivener, plays a wheel fiddle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Strange things happening at Strangers Hall? Ghostly images as the museum prepares for a charity Fright Night where participants can hold paranormal investigations. Euan, a tudor scrivener, plays a wheel fiddle. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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It is one of Norwich's most historic buildings and for years has enthralled visitors as a museum.

Strange things happening at Strangers Hall? Ghostly images as the Museum prepares for a charity Fright Night where participants can hold paranormal investigations. Euan, a tudor scrivener, walking the passageways. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYStrange things happening at Strangers Hall? Ghostly images as the Museum prepares for a charity Fright Night where participants can hold paranormal investigations. Euan, a tudor scrivener, walking the passageways. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

But now Strangers’ Hall is to offer an altogether more unusual insight into its past.

The centuries-old venue in Charing Cross is to host a spooky late night event where people will be invited to take part in paranormal investigation to explore the history of the building which dates back to 1320.

Called Fright Night, the event on March 20 is being held by S.P.I.R.I.T. Norwich, the Fire Fighters Charity and Norfolk Fire And Rescue Service, with the aim of reaching out to those from the building’s past while also raising funds to help injured fire fighters. It is thought to be the first time an event of this kind has taken place in the Tudor house which was once home to wealthy merchants and mayors.

Joolz Bailey, founder of S.P.I.R.I.T. Norwich, said: “Strangers’ Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Norwich with a fabulous rich history. It has never been investigated before in this way and we are so excited about the investigation.

Strange things happening at Strangers Hall? Ghostly images as the Museum prepares for a charity Fright Night where participants can hold paranormal investigations. Euan, a tudor scrivener, walking the passageways. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYStrange things happening at Strangers Hall? Ghostly images as the Museum prepares for a charity Fright Night where participants can hold paranormal investigations. Euan, a tudor scrivener, walking the passageways. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“People will have the opportunity to be the first to find out what’s there, if anything.”

She added: “It is focused on what members of the public sense and feel...our senses are one of the most important things we take on the investigations.”

The investigations could include holding vigils in darkened spaces, using dictaphones to try to pick up what is known as electronic voice phenomena, and glass moving. Miss Bailey said she may bring a Ouija board, which will only be used if people were comfortable with using it.

“There’s not going to be any theatrics, there’s not going to be anybody popping out saying boo! This is a proper investigation,” she said.

However, the Ven Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich, urged people to “go carefully” when taking part in paranormal events.

She said: “Every Halloween clergy encounter people who have thought that looking into the paranormal was something fun and exciting to do but ended up getting quite scared. The Church takes what we call the deliverance ministry very seriously and would encourage people not to dabble in things that you do not fully understand.”

• Fright Night is at Strangers’ Hall, in Norwich, on March 20, 7.30pm-11pm. The event is for over 18s only. It costs £10 to register and people are asked to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship or pay the full £60 themselves. The person who raises the most money will win a VIP fire station tour for four people. To register for the event, visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/frightnightnorfolk

For more information call Laura Harden on 07798 725560 or email lharden@firefighterscharity.org.uk

• What do you think about paranormal investigations? Email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk or EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

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