Oak House

Birmingham, West Midlands, England

The Oak House was built in the early part of the 1600s and was known to belong to John Turton and his family, whose wealth came from farming, nail making and latterly, money lending to the gentry after the civil war. Whilst the house appears to be Tudor, it was extensively refurbished in the late 1800s by Alderman Rueban Farley. Farley was later to gift the house to the borough as a museum and it welcomed its first visitors in 1898.

Our impromptu visit was rather fortuitous, we were the sole visitors that day and had the building to ourselves. Despite the house sitting in the middle of a built up residential and commercial area, when you enter and close the heavy door behind you, it is very easy to forget where you are; only the wail of a police siren brings you back to reality. There is a very amiable, lived in atmosphere to the house and you expect at any moment, a member of the family might turn around a corner. It most certainly doesn't feel like a museum, which is a very good thing.

The recordings made at The Oak House were relatively brief in comparison to our planned investigations, however we captured a disproportionately larger amount of clear EVP. Pleasingly some of the recordings echo the history of the house. The clips below are featured in the video along with many more voices from the recordings.