A brief history of ghosts and spirit photography

Can objects in our collection shine a light on the existence of ghosts, or at least what the Victorians believed about them?

The Victorians were obsessed with seances, spiritualism and other ways of contacting and capturing ghosts, including spirit photography – a genre which emerged in the 1840s.

Watch as curators Ruth and Lydia take us through some eerie depictions of ghosts in our print and photography collections, from stories by Charles Dickens, to ghostly apparitions in stereographs, and famous photographs by Lewis Carroll and Cecil Beaton not to mention the legendary V&A ghost who supposedly haunts the museum in South Kensington…..

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