Now houses the Bodleian's hand printing presses where they are sometimes used at printing workshops.
Opening hours: 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri. Next events at The Story Museum
Family Printing Workshop Sat 25 May: 2-4pm
Nick Cope's Songbook Sat 8 Jun: 10.30-11.30am. £5 (£3)
Hey, Little Bug! - with James Carter Tue 18 Jun: 11:30am-12pm
The Whispering Road Fri 21 Jun: 7.30-9.30pm
I Saw A Wonder - Kevin Crossley-Holland Wed 10 Jul: 5.00pm-7.00pm
Spellbound - Kevin Crossley-Holland Thu 11 Jul: 5.30pm-6.30pm
The Golden Cowpat Sat 13 Jul: 11.00am-12.00pm
GRRR! - with James Carter Sat 20 Jul: 11.00am-12.00am
King, Bling, Kerching! Sat 20 Jul: 2-3pm
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This place is actually kind of amazing: a dilapidated building that used to be the telephone exchange tucked away off St Aldates on Pembroke St. I went to see the 2 current exhibitions (£5 or £3 conc.) which are Tea With Alice and Rochester's Extraordinary Storyloom.
Tea With Alice launched around Alice's Day and is an art exhibition of international contemporary artists' work based on the Alice in Wonderland books. Artists from as far afield as Iran and Korea lend wonderfully varied views and it's a joy to wander around. The exhibition is completed by a real Mad Tea Party room which is interactive and totally insane.
The Storyloom almost defies description and I urge you to go and see for yourself: a Victorian steampunk room-filling contraption that purports to "weave stories" and there's a whole back story about who made it and why which is fantastic.
The Story Museum deserves to be better known: it's early days and they are hoping to refurbish and open properly in 2014 but it is rare to see somewhere that celebrates pure imagination and storytelling and whose mission is to get children and adults to fall in love with stories and books.
Oxfordmum (Unverified), 24/07/12
As I walked along Pembroke street in the city centre of Oxford my eyes were drawn to an olde worlde shop window created by artist in residence and childrens author and illustrator Ted Dewan. This is a shop window from another time and place with wonderful curiosities such as the Invisible Cloak Repair Kit!
As a smile came to my face and a chuckle rose from my belly my eyes scanned to the left and as if by magic the long since locked wooden gates we all forgot to notice anymore, were open!
I had found Oxford's amazing Story Museum!
Stepping over the threshold, past a welcoming murial of Rubinesque angels and through into the courtyard, surprised me with the joy of finding a new space I'd never been to in Oxford before.
This is reclaimed space with a big heart!
Ted Dewan's Storyloom exhibition is stunning in its tactile ingenuity. Abundant with meaning this mysterious machine has a story which like all the very best, keeps on revealing new layers. I love it!
Tea With Alice is the next port of call on my journey through this wonderland of a place. It's a world view take on Alice Illustrations and is playful in its approach.
Both exhibitions run through until 16th September 2012.
If there is only one thing you do in Oxford, do this!
Wemoon (DI User), 20/07/12
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