Noah Angell

Writer / Artist

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Noah Angell is a writer and artist who works with orally transmitted forms such as storytelling and song. His work has taken him to the north of Norway, in partnership with Polarmuseet, to work with first hand accounts of Inuit who performed in live ethnographic displays organised by local sailor Adrian Jacobsen, to North Carolina to shoot his forthcoming documentary film on gospel singer Connie B. Steadman of the Badgett Sisters, and to the British Museum in London, where for years he has collected museum workers’ testimony of the ghosts that haunt the notorious colonial museum.

Angell has written lecture-performance works which have been performed internationally at spaces all around the world.

Born in the US, he was resident in London for a over a decade and now lives in Berlin. 

Current publication: 

GHOST OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM: A True Story of Colonial Loot and Restless Objects (Octopus, 11th April 2024)

What if the British Museum isn't a house of learning, but a vast sinkhole of still-bubbling historic injustice?

What if it presents us not with a carefully ordered cross section of history but is instead a palatial trophy cabinet of colonial loot swarming with volatile and errant spirits?

When artist and writer Noah Angell first heard murmurs of ghostly sightings at the British Museum he had to find out more. What started as a trickle soon became a landslide as staff old and new, from guards of formidable build to respected curators, brought forth testimonies of their inexplicable supernatural encounters.

It became clear that the source of the disturbances was related to the Museum's contents - unquiet objects, holy plunder, and restless human remains protesting their enforced stay within the colonial collection's cases, cabinets and deep underground vaults. Be it wraiths associated with genocides, uprooted sacred beings or the afterglow of deaths that occurred inside the museum itself, according to those who have worked there, the museum is heaving with profound spectral disorder.

Ghosts of the British Museum fuses storytelling, folklore and history, digs deep into our imperial past and unmasks the world's oldest national museum as a site of ongoing conflict, where under the guise of preservation, restless objects are held against their will.

It now appears that the objects are fighting back.


'An absorbingly creepy travelogue through the corridors, tunnels and basements of our most famous cultural repository. With Noah Angell as our guide, the British Museum becomes a haunted prison filled with imperial plunder and restless spirits clamouring for attention.' - Malcolm Gaskill, author of The Ruin Of All Witches

'Fascinating and illuminating' - Peter Ackroyd

'Brilliantly delicate, pointed, shivery... You could read it as a guide to which galleries to avoid - or to where the push for repatriation should be most urgent.' - Erin L. Thompson, professor of art crime at the City University of New York

'Achieves a near-impossible marriage between paranormal pop-culture, folklore and hauntology' - Roger Clarke, author of A Natural History of Ghosts

'A heady cocktail of history and folklore that leaves a haunting aftertaste... Spine-tingling' - Lindsey Fitzharris, New York Times bestselling author of The Facemaker