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26 Characters exhibition opening

Malorie Blackman gives a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to children from Pegasus school.

A museum like no other

Thank you to everyone who’s come to celebrate our opening and explore our 26 Characters exhibition. . We asked our first 250 visitors to describe the museum in 3 words, and here’s an A-Z of your feedback – the more of you said it, the bigger the word appears:

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See below for some of the faces who have visited us since we opened.

Malorie Blackman, Children’s Laureate, spoke at the opening of 26 Characters:

“For me it’s always been the love of reading stories that made me want to tell my own.  All of us have a voice and we shouldn’t be afraid to use it.  And this place is so fantastic because it’s like bits of your own imagination brought to life throughout the whole building  – so I’d encourage you all to read a lot, and write your own stories, and don’t be afraid to tell your own stories.
This museum is a way not just of archiving our stories but of celebrating them and a way of making sure that we keep those stories and that we add to them.  Stories are absolutely vital to us and if you want to find out about other people, other cultures, other countries – just ask them their stories. That’s why I think this place is going to be here for ever.”

We’re enormously grateful to everyone who has helped to get us this far. We aim to raise around £400,000 annually to maintain our creative learning programmes, build our collection of stories and keep our museum running with affordable, exciting and inspirational events.

In addition, the transformation of our whole site can only be achieved with a further £6.5 million of capital development. If you would like to play a part in helping us to create a magical cathedral of stories then please click here to make a regular gift and play your part in writing the next chapter.

Malorie Blackman in the Wicked Witch of the West installation.

Malorie Blackman in the Wicked Witch of the West installation.

Olivia Colman (voice of many stories in the exhibition) in Just William's Shed.

Olivia Colman (voice of many stories in the exhibition) in Just William’s Shed.

Jamila Gavin in the Hanuman installation.

Jamila Gavin in the Hanuman installation.

Francis Hardinge in The Scarlet Pimpernel installation.

Francis Hardinge in The Scarlet Pimpernel installation.

Charlie Higson in the Boromir installation.

Charlie Higson in the Boromir installation.

Geraldine McCaughrean in the Bellerophon installation.

Geraldine McCaughrean in the Bellerophon installation.

Terry Pratchett is Just William.

Terry Pratchett is Just William.

Philip Pullman in the Long John Silver installation.

Philip Pullman in the Long John Silver installation.

Katherine Rundell in the Where The Wild Things Are installation.

Katherine Rundell in the Where The Wild Things Are installation.

Francesca Simon and Steven Butler with the Alice in Wonderland installation.

Francesca Simon and Steven Butler with the Alice in Wonderland installation.

Holly Smale in the Narnia installation.

Holly Smale in the Narnia installation.

Photos: Dawn Parsonage. Copyright The Story Museum.