Queen’s House hosts Halloween fun

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The macabre ring of the words ‘Death in the Archives’ is only appropriate, given that it’s the name of a special presentation planned in London on Halloween!

The October 31st Queen’s House event will see Tracey Weller and Katy Barrett from the historic tourist attraction showing off items belonging to the archives of Royal Museums Greenwich and delving into a range of stories.

Some of the spine-tingling themes set to come up include taxidermy, shipwrecks and cannibalism.

One section will focus on the explorer Captain James Cook, and how he became famous when he died when visiting Hawaii. Another will look at Henry Peglar, who went to find the North-West passage with John Franklin and experience scurvy-induced madness…

The murder of Cloudesley Shovell – and his involvement in a Scilly Isles shipwreck – will also be a tale for the evening.

Visitors will find out about Trim, a cat belonging to Matthew Flinders who had a very eventful life, but may well have ended up as dinner for some slaves…

Another part of the event will see guests taken on a tour of The Art and Science of Exploration: 1768-80, a Queen’s House exhibition, with the visit taking place by candle light.

And they’ll head to the Undercroft for a lesson in taxidermy, as well as getting the chance to take part in Death Drawing…

Queen’s House was created in the 17th century and is Grade I listed. It’s a Royal Museums Greenwich attraction.

One place you can enjoy in London with no fear of fright is The Montcalm, one of the city’s luxury hotels and a great option for capital accommodation.