The P.I.G.S. (“Paranormal Investigation Group Sussex”) was formed in 2006 after a conversation between friends Johan, Paul and Tim, who discovered that they had a common interest in the paranormal. All three of them had been police officers at one time or another, between them having served over 30 years in the force – hence the name P.I.G.S! (we thought it was funny at the time).
2006 – 2008
The P.I.G.S. mainly held private investigations and operated as a group of friends who simply wanted to explore haunted locations. Lauren and Amy joined, Karen Ford (medium) and Mike joined and left along with Johan (an original founder). The group published the-pigs.co.uk (version 1, 2 & 3)
2008 – 2009
The P.I.G.S. started to conduct public investigations on a small scale, with the first truly public event being the Iron Duke in Hove. Although several similar investigations had been conducted before, the Iron Duke was the first that anybody could attend. We published a remade version of the website the-pigs.co.uk (version 4) and Johan left. Matt, Tori, Lib and Louis joined, Louis left soon after.
2009 – 2011
The P.I.G.S. started to concentrate on public events and had spent much time working with the Anthony Nolan charity on the UK mainland and on the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. These events were on a huge scale by comparison to what had be conducted before. We published a relaunch of the website the-pigs.co.uk (versions 5) along with a rebrand and new bright artwork.
2011 – 2012
The P.I.G.S. started to conduct their own large events, starting off at Field Place in Worthing (2011). These put everything we had learned though our work with the Anthony Nolan Charity in the Channel Islands under the roof of a pure P.I.G.S. event. Jo and Kevin joined and P.I.G.S. started working with local medium and spirit artist Debbie Dean.
2012 – 2014
The P.I.G.S. (“Paranormal Investigation Group Sussex”) changed its name to the P.I.G.S. (“Paranormal Intelligence Gathering Service” as our reach extended beyond Sussex). Tim the original founder of the P.I.G.S. decided to work for the P.I.G.S. on a full time basis, planning events and conducting very detailed analysis of the collected data. The Ghost Store was opened online, selling a small selection of equipment as a section to the P.I.G.S. website. Tim S, Audrey, Paul, Chris, Lucy and Dan joined. Paul (an original founder) and Dan left.
2015 – 2016
The launch of the UK Ghost Store (ukghoststore.com) took place after the success of the original Ghost Store attached to the P.I.G.S. site. A separate site was launched for ghost equipment in the UK. Debbie left so P.I.G.S. started working with Michael Kingscote and Marc Richardson (mediums). Ben, Sally and Lindsay joined.
The all new rebrand and website the-pigs.co.uk was launched on April 14th. We conducted our first Michelham Priory, Tonbridge Castle and Anne of cleaves house events. Jo Walker, Michelle Hatch, Zoe Hughes, Sophie Jackson, Lewis Smith, Mel Richardson, Lucy Harvey-Symonds, Lauren Richardson and Medium and Author Marc Richardson all joined the team. We signed up to events at The White Rock theatre and St Mary in the castle in Hastings bt the end of 2017 we had had our best year yet smashing all previous records now to do it all again in 2018.
2018 – 2019
We have completed our first event at the White Rock theatre Hastings, The Stag theatre Sevenoaks, The German Underground Hospital Guernsey. We welcomed Vicky, Dan, Laura, Jo, Angela, Tracey, Michelle, CJ, Sanchia, Mandy, Kerry, Rob and Cate to the team. Kerry and CJ later left We began plans to develop our ghost hunts even further with several trials, new techniques and even richer guest engagement. We don’t know what the future holds but we do know we are going to have fun finding out!
We started our year saying goodbye to Zoe, Karen, Jo, Tim S, Lucy T, and Lewis. We have a fairly ambitions plan which will require greater commitments from our team leaders in preparation for our reboot of 2020 in March of this year.