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Some TV programmes have done wonders for certain topics. Time Team made archaeology entertaining and popular. By adding a time limit (3 days) they introduced an element od suspense but kept the show educational and entertaining, introducing the masses to the techniques used in an archaeological dig.
Garden Force(I think that is the right one) again helped made gardening interesting. Setting a time limit of a few days again, they would cover lots of aspects of creating a garden.
Could something like this work for a paranormal show, make the science interesting, look at the witness accounts and investigate the case without mediums or Victorian parlour high jinx.
I was once contacted by a producer who thought a cross between Time Team, Most Haunted and Scooby Doo would work. Young investigators, made up of at least two psychics, a skeptic and someone to keep the peace have to get to the route of the haunting in three days. Just them and their van (that was the scooby doo bit...the van...or maybe they intended taking a Great Dane along as well?) Maybe you were supposed to unmask the fake medium and be told "I'd have gotton away with it too, if it hadn't been for those pesky kids".
They did that - Scream Team on living tv. Don't think they had psychics on tow, they went somewere and wheeled out one of the usual suspects. I thought it worked quite well, but apparently it wasn't popular enough and they only made one series.
Scream Team. I'm sure I got an e-mail asking if I wanted to audition for that. Never went and never saw the programme. The name just put me right off.
I think it was full of TV wannabes and that Phil guy who went on to do Most Haunted. Blimey I'm full of useless crap!
As for costume, I argued that people wear similar clothes throughout periods until major cultural influences change this. This happened, as I said, up until around the Elizabethan period when trade started going global in a big enough way that meant that the poorer classes could afford a range of clothes. If you look at the evidence, clothing does change very little.
What I said was that before the start of the last century, people only saw ghosts in contemporary dress. They didn't need any knowledge of previous periods. They simply knew that ghosts they see appear 'normal', dressed like themselves or other living people they'd seen. Then, gradually, people started to report ghosts in costumes from previous periods. I think that is rather odd.
One thing that DID happen at the end of the nineteenth and start of the tewntieth century was the rise in popularity of spiritualism. It might be a coincidence but I suspect not.
What about the value in knowing a locations history. Walled up doors, changed floor levels etc. This could add some context to accounts of ghosts walking through walls or kne high to the floor.
Can anyone think of any (serious) cases, apart from York Treasurer's House, where ghosts have been seen walking at different levels to existing floors?
Of the top of my head......no
But, historical information about buildings is not restricted to renovations. Information on the use of various rooms could be interesting in relation to witness accounts, if only to discredit them.
My point is that most such cases seem to be from a long time ago and weren't properly investigated (by modern standards) at the time. Instead, they are essentially anecdotes repeated and exagerrated in books and newspapers. Even the Treasurer's House sighting was witnessed by one person once!
I quite agree and it's highlighted so often to us when we try gathering information for the website. However, I believe knowing about them is important, as long as you are aware of the quality of the material and accept it is anecdotal and not gospel.
I suppose in theory that ghosts could be walking below us all the time on ancient floors now possibly 6 or 8 feet under the present floor level.
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