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Edward Jenner Museum

by Daniel
(Brownsville, TX, US)

The ghostly image appeared in an attic doorway in the museum

The ghostly image appeared in an attic doorway in the museum

I recently came upon a story at the BBC News Website and decided to share.

Mystery figure shocks cameraman

BBC journalist Chris Sandys has said he is at a loss to explain a mystery apparition that appeared on a photo.

Mr Sandys, 30, was photographing at the reputedly haunted Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, and captured the image on his camera.

"It was a bizarre formation of light showing a mystery figure in a doorway," he said. "I am sure it was not caused by sunlight or dust in the air.

"I checked again and looked in the doorway but I could see nothing."

He went on: "As a BBC employee I wouldn't dare doctor an image or I would lose my job."

Mr Sandys, who works for BBC Gloucestershire's website, was photographing in an attic never before opened to the public.

Museum director Sarah Parker said: "We are truly flabbergasted by the image.

"We have graffiti from soldiers previously billeted in the attic rooms from the 19th and 20th Century and perhaps this is one of them or even one of Jenner's servants.

"We have always thought of the 'ghosts' as being metaphoric, but maybe we need to think again."

The museum is dedicated to Dr Jenner, who lived in the house from 1785-1823.

It was from the Grade II listed building that he pioneered his world-changing vaccination against smallpox.

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Dec 29, 2010
Feeling It
by: Anonymous

This feels real to me out of all the pics Ive seen so far on this site. To me I get the image of a woman who is sitting down in a chair and is embarrassed to show her face.

Nov 12, 2010
weird, but explainable
by: Anonymous

Weird stuff happens when dealing with two light sources. I'm looking at the bright light coming from the left and shining to the right just past the doorway. It looks like it is either a window or another doorway. Since it's bright and its a secondary light source it can play tricks on the eyes with dust/smoke and casting odd shadows depending on what's in front of the secondary light.

Sep 18, 2010
2 Ghost
by: Anonymous

This is what I see. I see a man sitting in a chair and I also see a head in the top middle left of the pic.

Sep 11, 2010
Sitting figure
by: Anonymous

The figure sitting looks like it's missing it's head and the head is at the end of the right arm!

Sep 10, 2010
by: noelle

Wow.... This is a great picture. Although I don't see a man sitting down I see a man in mid stance or standing still with the leg to the left bent and the other straight up and down. And it almost looks like he has a bit of a belly and I almost thought I saw breasts haha maybe, maybe not but I know he's not sitting hence why his right leg is long you can even see his knees and there is only one bent, if he was sitting it would be both knees bent. Great picture though! Very detailed and that's rare

Sep 05, 2010
by: Jade

To me it looks like a woman sat in the chair, and the figure closer to the door. It's really creepy, I've never seen a 'ghost picture' so detailed.

Aug 31, 2010
Uh oh
by: The Mothman

Doesn't look like the guy in the middle is sitting to me, looks like the dude got pushed down. Someone get a crane!

Aug 03, 2010
by: Kate

I am a huge skeptic when it comes to 'ghost photos' I find most of them to be hoaxes, misinterpretation due to matrixing or overactive imaginations.

This photo looks absolutely genuine. You can see a man who would be the right size and build for a person of the working class of that era sitting in the chair in the center. He is clearly shirtless and you can see his chest and the fold of his trousers at the bend of his leg!

I would be more skeptical except for the source of the photo.


Jul 25, 2010
Beheaded Woman Reaching??
by: Pittsburgh111

The seated figure that some of you have described as a "shirtless seated man" looks female to me. I see a female torso(no shirt)& legs, with right arm extended out to the female head that is on the table. Creepy, creepy, creepy!!!

I also see the misty male figure (face, mainly) that someone mentioned, that is VERY close to the camera/photographer (!). Seems to be a lot going on in this pix...

Jul 05, 2010
I See More Than 2
by: Anonymous


A women's head on top of the table

A man seated, crossed his leg

2 standing figures

And a skeleton appearing right next to the seated figure

Apr 24, 2010
Two Figures
by: Cherry

I see two figures in this picture:

1) On the left-a teenage girl wearing a black shirt,a white belt,and jeans

2) On the right-the fat shirtless man wearing jeans and sitting on a chair

Dec 31, 2009
by: Raven

When I first saw the picture I saw a big guy right in the middle wearing a gray pants and he is topless. I mean no shirt. The face of the woman in the table looks like a Native American.


Dec 04, 2009
There's definitely more than you see....
by: Marcus

First look at this picture you tend to concentrate on the thicker greyish mass in the center of the doorway, the female looking head on the table, maybe even the child higher up. But look a little closer at the thinner grey mass closer to the camera. I for sure can see a very defined face including, jaw line, nose & mouth. Helps to zoom in and slowly zoom out. It starts to stand out real quick. There was something/one RIGHT at the camera!

Oct 31, 2009
by: Alana

When I looked at this picture i see what apears to be a large body but I looked on the table an It looks like a female head

Jul 25, 2009
by: abelardo

Woooh! This is not I joke! I guess! This was not edited, not similar to the others! I can see the color of his jeans! Blue! If you look at the picture, you would think that it's a zombie but it was not! The image was not clear, yeah, because it's a ghost! I wish I can also see some photos like that here in the Philippines! And that's a thriller! Thriller! Right!

Jul 24, 2009
Nice Catch
by: Fellow ghost hunter

I see the body apparition .. but what I also see to the right of the body looks to me like a child or maybe another apparition to be in the back ground (maybe waiting in the room) looking to the left ... definately weird and cool!!!

Jul 24, 2009
by: Anonymous


Jun 10, 2009
by: Anonymous

Appears to be a body with defined features.

Jun 01, 2009
by: Anonymous

There is something rather creepy about that! I can clearly see a pair of legs, gets a bit hazy above that, but personally I can definitly see something there!

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