Mythical creatures have featured in storytelling throughout history. These stories not only entertained but also helped to pass on cultural and religious knowledge. Often these creatures came to symbolise vices, virtues or the powers of good and evil. Some were at one time even believed to be real!
Far from being forgotten, many of these creatures now feature in popular culture today in films, books, theatre, games and toys. Here we take a look at some of the mythical creatures lurking in the archive.