Explosion Museum at Priddy's Hard Ghost Hunt  
 Priddy's Hard, Gosport, Hampshire

Explosion Museum at Priddy's hard portsmouth hampshireThe magnificent Explosion ! The Museum of Naval Firepower, is based within 18th century listed buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, in Gosport. Its displays show the history of naval firepower from gunpowder through to Exocet missiles.
Since its completion in 1756, this depot has played an active part in conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to the Falklands War. The land upon which the buildings were constructed was purchased by the Board of Ordnance from Jane Priddy after whom the site is named and formed a major part of the defenses of Portsmouth Harbour and Dockyard.

Supplies of Gunpowder were moved from Portsmouth to the safer location of Priddy’s Hard and, over the years, the site grew to house a magazine, offices, workers cottages, stables and Officers’ accommodation, forming a major Royal Navy Armaments Depot supplying warships, including HMS Victory with necessary munitions.  There was even a laboratory to check the quality of the gunpowder.  During the 19th Century in response to developing means of weaponry, shell filling rooms were constructed, together with a narrow gauge railway to facilitate transport.

The site played a vital role in both world wars and female workers were first introduced in WW1.  During WW11 replacing men on active service, over 2500 women were employed in munitions’ production.   The Falklands War was the last time the site saw naval activity and it was eventually closed down in 1988.

Reported Paranormal Activity

There have been many reports of paranormal activity at this location, including strange knocking on doors and the unexplained sound of footsteps.
What causes a heavy chain to swing for no apparent reason and is the reported unnatural gust of wind really the spirit of a labourer who died at the scene ?

Will we witness the manifestation of Edward George McBride on the exact same spot where he was killed nearly 90 years ago ?



Ghost Hunt Report 29 January 2011

Location: Gosport, Portsmouth
Weather Conditions: Dry but below freezing
main magasine pridys hardNumber Attended:  25

This was our first visit to The Explosion Museum and was a venue that gave the society a new type of challenge, how to cover such a vast area in only 6 hours.

With this in mind we decided to invite a few more members along so that we could investigate the majority of this vast site.

We initially split in to three teams lead By Lee, Dan and Andy. Each team leader was allocated a specific area to investigate.

Area 1 - The Museum
Area 2 - The Admin Block
Area 3 - The Storage Buildings and C Magazine.


A golden orb taken in the main museum at Priddys HardArea 1 - The Museum

The museum consisted of one main area The Grand Magazine, the main powder storage for the site which dated back to 1771.

On entering this area it was reported from all three groups a feeling of being watched. The group decided to set up a séance to see if they could verify their feeling of not being alone.

Although we did experience some glass movement however, we did not obtain any names or information that we could verify.

One team member had to be helped out the room a she felt faint and became very tearful.  We tied a number of experiments throughout the museum and several members caught a number of light anomalies. The photo to the left is one of them captured on a digital camera

Area 2 - The Admin Block

Photo of the admin building at Priddys HardThe admin block is a large imposing and impressive building that sits in the centre of the site.  Sadly, the building is a little run down but an ideal building for a spooky paranormal investigation. With a little imagination you can visualise the magnificent building being the centre of activity for the site.

We entered the building by the first of the two entrances and decided to set down in the first room and then split into two smaller teams.  As we had a small number of society members on their first investigation, we explained how we would investigate such a large, run down building.
As soon as we set up our equipment, we were greeted with a "Hello". This voice came from the hallway to our left; the strange thing was that, we were alone! And nobody was in the hallway.

We were all a little shocked to get such a clear voice that was witnessed by the whole group, so quickly we decided to set up a séance to see if we could make contact further. The séance was not successful so we went back to our original plan of splitting into smaller groups. No sooner had we packed the board up and began talking, the sound of footsteps came from above us on the first floor. The group headed upstairs and we continued up there.

As the second group entered the Admin block they described a different feeling, a feeling of intrusion. They too had been drawn upstairs by the footsteps above them. The group sat on the stairs and began to call out for a response, which to their amazement came direct from their requests.

The group managed to track the sound to one of the small rooms on the top floor. They began to call out again and asked the spirit to move or close the door; once again the response left the team speechless. This was all caught on EVP recorder and to this day still leaves some of the group baffled

Inside the storage buildings at Priddys Hard Gosport HampshireArea 3 - The Storage Buildings and C Magazine

When the group first entered the first of two Storage Buildings, we discovered it was an intriguing place full of historic memorabilia and future exhibits being refurbished for display in the museum.

This area has two large storage buildings and a separate magazine to investigate, so the teams split into two smaller groups. The team that remained in the hanger decided to sit down and call out and see what response they got. No sooner had they sat down the witnessed a bang from the corner of the hanger. They asked if the spirit could repeat this noise and it did. This was caught several times as a direct response to our requests and responses were captured on our EVP recorder.

Because the sound was not in the same room they asked for the spirit to come a little closer and they set the recorder down on the floor. On reviewing the recording you can hear what sounds like children's footsteps run pass them.

Our Final Thoughts.

The Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower is a magnificent site and lends itself very well for paranormal investigation.  

We had our voice recorders and digital cameras running most of the evening capturing evidence of paranormal activity. It was really exciting to try and discover what goes on at this amazing location when the lights go out.