The undertaking of an EVP study at Hampton Court Palace was a colossal undertaking, in organisation, time and cost. Nobody had done anything like it before and we doubt, will have the opportunity to replicate in the future. We will be eternally grateful to all of the staff of the palace and The Landmark Trust, who managed Fish Court and currently The Georgian House, without them we would not have been able to carry out recordings when the palace was closed to the public.
Staying in the palace is a spine tingling, magical experience. From the time you arrive, the history of the Tudors becomes alive, in a way quite unlike any other location. It was no surprise on our first visit that we captured many clear voices and we were so impressed that the study extended for a further four years. There are so many places that we wanted to record in, despite years of work, many locations never had more than a fleeting visit.
During our first stay, we resided in Fish Court which sits at the heart of the kitchen area and overlooks Master Carpenter's Court. Opening the window each morning and looking at a view that hadn't changed for over 500 years leaves an indelible mark on your emotions, it would have been hard not to fall in love with the palace and want to return.
Over the years that we stayed in The Georgian House, much has changed in the palace. The informality and relaxed air shifted to a more business like environment, with a program of considerable renovation and conservation taking place. Understandably this must take place to ensure the continued upkeep of one of our most precious historical sites.
Having recorded in nearly all of the key locations within the Tudor Palace, it is safe to say that at least for EVP, its ability to provide outstanding evidence is in our experience unparalleled. Whether its the fabric of the building or those who choose to remain within its walls, the palace truly does seem to come alive when the public leave and the gates are closed.
EVP 1: Standing at the top of the stairs leading from Anne Boleyn's Gateway to The Great Hall, we again capture the name Jane. We have reason to belive that it may be Jane Boleyn, sister to Anne, who was at court and in the household of Catherine of Aragon, Henry's first wife. The name Henry was often spoken as Harry in this period and we have other examples of this replacement in EVP at the palace.
EVP 2: It's very interesting that Jane's name should be captured in The Georgian House, when obviously the building did not exist in the same era she was alive. Are those communicating with us providing information about the lives of courtiers or proving that they still exist in another dimension? Either way we are delighted to hear such wonderful confirmation that corroberates earlier EVP.
EVP 3: For years Rachel has sat for hours on the bench in the Processional Corridor looking up at the painting of Henry. Little did she dream that she might one day be in his presence and that of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Whilst this clip is not loud, it is clear and its significance outstanding.
EVP 4: This clip was recorded during the same session as EVP 3. Although Rachel has not been a practicing Catholic since childhood, it would be an incredible honour to be blessed by Cardinal Wolsey and something few dead or alive might lay claim to!
EVP 5: Since our first stay, Mr Rainbow has become a frequent visitor to our home sittings and his voice is often captured whilst we are at the palace. It was heartening to capture mention of him whilst we stood outside his door on our final visit. Long may we continue to hear from him.
Our archive has many thousands of EVPs and choosing a small amount with which to give you a flavour of our recordings was very difficult. This set of clips were chosen because they represent not only the ability for us to capture clear, unambiguous voices but also because the communicators wanted to take an active part in the seance. We understand that the close link we forge with our communicators in regular séances, enables us to capture consistently clear EVP.Read More
The question of why we investigate a historic property through EVP is an important one; we see the possibility, however remote, of communication with people that lived in another era to be an opportunity not to be missed. We have a passion for our heritage and why would you not want to talk to the people who actually made our laws; bold scientific pioneers, flamboyant socialites, royalty, the cleaners and everyone in between; they made us who we are. It is the nearest we can get to picking up a phone and asking questions to a first person witness and a participant of historic events.Read More
Whilst all recordings are in essence purposeful, the recordings featured here were made in the hope of obtaining information relating to a specific event or person. It is impossible to be sure that anybody will speak to us, or to expect an answer to our questions. And should we receive a reply, it may be unwise for us to assume we are talking to the person the speaker alleges themselves to be. Knowing this why should we proceed? Because nobody has the answers and what have we to lose by our curiosity?Read More
Please note that this site is not commercial and is privately funded. Our investigations take place at sites and buildings that are open to the public and privately owned. Our studies, EVP recordings and videos are not endorsed by the owner(s) of the recording location unless specifically stated.