Library & Archives Blog – Dracula is alive!

Well…in paper in the Library

May 26th is World Dracula Day. This international holiday commemorates the publication of Bram Stokers famous novel ‘Dracula’ on May 26th 1897. Apparently, the Whitby Dracula Society created this holiday in 2012.

In the library we have a selection of books relating to Dracula (obviously) and two files containing chapter VI, VII and VIII – Mina Murray’s Journal.

24 July. Whitby

             “Lucy met me at the station, looking sweeter and lovlier than ever, and we drove up to the house at the Cresent in which they have rooms. This is a lovely place. The little river, the Esk, runs through a deep valley, which broadens out as it comes near the harbour.”

We also have a project of “Lucy Westenra’s Sleepwalk and Wilhelmina Murray’s Chase”. A guided wander round all the places featured in the novel. It contains interesting facts and quotes from the book.

Start point No6 Royal Cresent

Home of 48 year old Mrs Emma Veasey and her 20 year old daughter Emma Elizabeth in 1890. (They had moved elsewhere by 1895)

        “The clock was striking one as I was in the cresent, and there was not a soul in sight.”

We can also boast that Bram Stoker visited the museum in 1890 as he signed our visitor book! Unfortunately, the original signature is not available for the public to view due to the preservation of it.

If you would like to look at some of these resources mentioned, we are open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

Claire Marris Archive Development Officer

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