Natural History Collections & Nightmares in a Bell Jar

Location: Tate Hall Museum, second floor

Please note that the Tate Hall Museum is currently closed.

360 Video of Natural History Display


'Nightmares in a Bell Jar' Further Information

In 2018 Leonie Sedman (Curator of Heritage and Collections Care) installed a new display of wet collection specimens in the Tate Hall Museum. The exhibition is aptly named ‘Nightmares in a Bell Jar’ and the creatures on display vary from repulsive reptiles to frightening fish.


Read all about the creatures in the jars on the Nightmares in a Bell Jar information page.

Nightmares in a Bell Jar 360


Original Artwork 

App Artist & Animator, Chris Rodenhurst

Visit the artwork page to see all of the original artwork used the the Nightmares in a Bell Jar app. 


Download the app

You can now download an app to interact with this exhibition in the Tate Hall Museum and learn all about the creatures on display. You can either use it at the VG&M, the comfort of your own home or even when you're out and about. Take a screenshot of our creatures via the app - you can even do a #VGMNightmares selfie and tag us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.


To download the app:

For Apple -

For Android -

You can watch a 'How To' video on our YouTube channel here and it shows you how to use the Nightmares in a Bell Jar app.


News Articles

Read the news article here and watch a video of the app in use at the VG&M.

Read how the app was made


Natural History Displays

Find out more about the Elephant, Pangolin and Rhino specimens on display