The Ghosts of Senate House is one part of a creative research project led by Sarah Sparkes. It serves as an archive for uncanny, apocryphal stories emanating from Senate House. These stories formed part of "a Magical library for the 21st Century" an archive of writings, recordings, artwork, artefacts, and other contributions, which was first shown at the University of London as part of The Bloomsbury Festival October 2011.
Thursday, 25 October 2012
"Helpful" ghost in the stack
Here is the latest story, from an anonymous member of staff, proving that once again the lifts of Senate House live up to their other-worldly reputation.
"Members of staff in the Library routinely go to fetch books/periodicals from the closed stack. The stack is the tower area of the Library occupying floors 8-19. In order to reach the stack you have to get into an old lift with a slam door. On this particular day I needed to fetch a book and a periodical on different floors. I went to the floor for the book first and left the printout for the periodical inside the lift. I then heard the sound of someone calling the lift so after I had got out on the 8th floor I closed the lift door so that the lift would be free for whoever called it. After I had fetched the book I called the lift back and was astonished to find the periodical plus printout waiting in the lift. This is not the sort of thing that another member of staff would do. I questioned any likely members of staff and no one said they had done it. I cannot offer any other explanation if this was not the case. (There was nothing remarkable about either of the titles which were fetched incidentally and the date was not onerous in any way)".
more ghost stories from The Stack:
What's up on the eight floor?
More eight floor weirdness
Sudden temperature drop - utterly discomposed
8th floor ghost?