The Greatest Adventure Of Them All...
The Ministries of Time, the Paranormal and the Supernatural
were founded by Queen Victoria in 1879, upon discovering that "Great Britain had enemies beyond imagination".
The world is full of "What If's", "What Could's" and "What
Might Have Been's" and of that there is very little doubt. Most of them, of course, are pure
imagination - but using the same argument against ourselves - what if magic and time travel were real? No,
really. What if they actually existed......?
I know you might think it a little hard to believe, but how many of us have wished for time to speed
up - or slow down for that matter?
Introduction To The Concept Of Time Travel
Time travel is the concept of moving between different points in time in a manner analogous
to moving between different points in space, generally using a theoretical invention known as a "time machine".
Time travel is a recognized concept in philosophy and fiction, but has a very limited support in
real world physics, usually only in conjunction with quantum mechanics or wormholes which is both
good and bad. Good, because most people don't realise that time travel really does exist
and that it has its own Ministry. Bad because people never believe you when you say that you've
travelled through time.... Ho hum!
1895 novel The Time Machine by H. G. Wells was instrumental in moving the concept of time travel
to the forefront of the public imagination, but the earlier short story, "The Clock That Went
Backward" by Edward Page Mitchell, involves a clock that, by means unspecified, allowed three men to travel
backwards in time. Non-technological forms of time travel had appeared in a number of earlier stories such
as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Historically, the concept dates back to the early mythologies
of Hinduism (such as the Mahabharata). More recently, with advancing technology and a greater scientific
understanding of the universe, the plausibility of time travel has been explored in greater detail
by science fiction writers, philosophers, and physicists.
The Origins of The Ministry
of Time, the Paranormal and the Supernatural were founded by Queen Victoria in 1879, upon discovering
that "Great Britain had enemies beyond imagination".
Her Majesty stated in the Ministry Charter of 31 December 1879 that "The Ministries are also to administer to
the Government thereof in our name, and generally to act in our name and on our behalf, subject
to such orders and regulations as the Ministries shall, from time to time, receive from us through
one of our Principal Secretaries or Advisors". In 1882, Queen Victoria
expanded the Ministries’ role to include the acquisition of technology in order to protect
her subjects from the "terrors that the Ministries encounter" and “to research the
vagaries of time”.
The Empire was
scoured and thirteen loyal subjects found. Seven men and six women were appointed as field agents for
the Ministries with special powers to seek out these vagaries of time and mysteries across the known
world. They were called Hypernatural Investigators.
Investigators sometimes allowed members of the public to assist them in their search for the truth
behind these hauntings, mysteries and unexplained events. When this happened, the investigation
was codenamed a Black Letter Day.
The Ministry of Time has arranged an exclusive discount at the Golden Broomstick
café. so, every time you visit you can use your Ministry Field Agent Card to save money! Now I know you might think it a little hard to believe, but it's true - after all,
how many of us have wished for a cheaper ice cream sundae or Spiced Pumpkin Juice, or in the winter a luxurious
hot chocolate in the most magical Christmassy surroundings?