The Royal B.C. Museum takes on a darker edge when it hosts During Night Shift: Living and Dying in Victorian Times on Oct. 25.
The Halloween-themed event will introduce museum and community experts who will share stories of life and death from a Victorian point of view through unique displays, special guests, entertainment, a cash bar and light snacks.
On the museum’s third floor, Old Town will be quivering with Night Shift activity beginning with spirit-lifting live music by Bucan Bucan.
University of Victoria archaeologist Erin McGuire will show how she uncovers death as revealed in the archaeological record; collections manager Delphine Castles will show the meanings hidden in mourning clothing of early Victorians; and archivist Ann ten Cate will share some of the tragic stories found in the B.C. Coroners’ reports, preserved at the B.C. Archives.
Throughout Night Shift: Living and Dying in Victorian Times, D.J. Primitive will serenade you and costumed players will introduce you to characters and customs from the past. Just for fun, you can join a Victorian séance or let the lovelorn fortune teller help you find your true love through traditional Halloween games and activities.
Tickets for During Night Shift: Living and Dying in Victorian Times are $30 and only available in advance. The event starts at 8 p.m.