The Story Museum

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The Story Museum's Courtyard (south side). This section of the building was previously a telephone exchange and a pub, the steel hoist and first floor door are from occasions when telephony equipment was brought in.

The Story Museum is a museum in Oxford, England. It aims to encourage education and support community engagement by exploring all forms of stories.[1] It is a registered charity under English law.[2]


The museum was founded in 2003 and initially operated as a virtual museum with no premises of its own. It coordinated several projects and exhibitions, and worked and associated with authors and illustrators including Michael Morpurgo, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson and Quentin Blake.[3]

In November 2009, it was announced that the museum would move to premises at Rochester House in Pembroke Street, following a gift of £2.5m from a private donor.[4] The Museum is continuing to fundraise for its ongoing development to complete the refurbishment of its site. The Story Museum coordinates Oxford's Alice's Day,[5] which is held on the first Saturday in July to celebrate the first telling of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The museum also hosts author events, children's activities and drop-in activities, as well as running outreach projects in schools in Oxfordshire and beyond.


In 2012 The Museum worked with then-artist-in-residence Ted Dewan to build a "Storyloom", a large scale piece of kinetic art with an in-depth fictional history. the Storyloom went on to be featured in the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.[6]

From 2016 until 2017, the Story Museum ran the exhibition 26 Characters featuring photography by Cambridge Jones,[7] which was developed with the involvement of children's authors and illustrators, all of whom were asked to choose and then dress as their favourite childhood characters. The participants included:

From 2016 The Story Museum ran an exhibition called Animal[13], focusing on the role of animals as characters in texts including Watership down, Fantastic Mr Fox, Wallace and Gromit, Maus and the works of Aesop.[14]

In 2017 The Story Museum ran an exhibition called Wild About Colour featuring a number of pieces by Brian Wildsmith alongside works by contemporary illustrators who had been influenced by his use of colour. The exhibition was curated by Helen Cooper and displayed the work of Shaun Tan and Korky Paul amongst others.[15]

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  1. ^ "What we do". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ Charity Commission. The Story Museum, registered charity no. 1107809.
  3. ^ Hassan, Genevieve (29 June 2014). "Authors dress up as their favourite characters". Retrieved 23 May 2019 – via
  4. ^ News: Story Museum gets anonymous gift to buy permanent home in Oxford Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Oxford Inspires Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine, 19 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Alice's Day". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
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  7. ^ "The storysellers". 1843. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ "Benjamin Zephaniah". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ [4][dead link]
  13. ^ Potter, Claire (10 February 2016). "Take the kids to … Story Museum, Oxford". Retrieved 23 May 2019 – via
  14. ^ "Youngsters walk on the wild side at Oxford's Story Museum". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  15. ^ [5][dead link]

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