Within the Manchester you know so well lies Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop, an intriguing and mysterious establishment which can be accessed every 421 years. But only to families prepared to scour the city and solve the code, for one short day at Halloween.
Families followed our haunting trail to track down clues, surprising happenings and curious characters in unexpected locations. They cracked the code to unlock access to the strange and unusual world of Dr John Dee, advisor to Queen Elizabeth 1 and extraordinary renaissance scientist, magician, alchemist, astrologer, astronomer, occultist and spy – one of the greatest minds of the 16th century and warden of the college that is now Chetham’s Library.
Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop was part of Halloween in the City 2016, cooked up by Manchester city centre business improvement district, the Heart of Manchester BID.