The Story Museum

The Story Museum

Charity information

The Story Museum

The Story Museum highlights the human need for stories and celebrates the many ways that people benefit from engaging with great stories and creating stories of their own.
Our vision is to enrich lives, especially young lives, through story.
Our mission is to achieve this by developing a most unusual museum that collects and shares great ways of engaging with great stories.

Founded 2003

  • Mission statement

    'Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories we wouldn't be human beings at all. ' Philip Pullman, Patron
    We believe that story is especially important for young humans. Sharing stories develops language and understanding, imagination and empathy. There is mounting evidence that enjoying a rich variety of stories as they grow helps children to fulfil their potential and can even break cycles of deprivation. The Story Museum works to highlight the importance of story and to share ways of engaging with great stories.
    Since 2005 we have run outreach programmes that take performances, exhibitions and activities to schools and communities, particularly the most disadvantaged. In 2014 we opened 'Chapter 1' of our most unusual Museum to the public and we are now engaged on the next and largest chapter of capital works to bring our whole site into full use. The redeveloped Museum is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2020 with 10 new gallery and activity spaces showcasing the Museum's collection of 1001 great stories from around the world. For further details visit www. Storymuseum. Org. Uk

  • Aims

    The Story Museum aims to:

    • Develop and share great ways of engaging with great stories, and help people to create stories of their own
    • Create a ‘wonder’, an unusual museum that attracts audiences, hosts inspiring and enjoyable experiences, works physically and financially and is environmentally sustainable
    • Expand audiences, increase diversity and deepen community involvement with The Story Museum and our shared story heritage
    • Develop, understand and share a collection of great stories, in different forms, and demonstrate their importance to human culture, heritage, learning and well-being
    • Establish a resilient organisation, maximising earned income and building the capacity of our leadership, staff, trustees, associates and volunteers.
  • Overview

    Established: August 2003

    Registered Charity Number: 1107809

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 8

    Part time staff: 13

    Volunteers: 50

    Phone number: 01865 790050

    Address: 42 Pembroke Street OX1 1BP

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