Story Museum established and starts life as a ‘virtual’ museum.
Educational outreach programme launched.
Author events and workshops introduced in schools and communities
The first-ever Alice’s Day is launched and coordinated by The Story Museum.
We acquire a permanent, and dilapidated, home in Pembroke St, thanks to a generous fairy godparent.
Basic repairs are carried out and the teams move in during September.
Architects Purcell are appointed.
The Story Museum provides a home for the Bodleian’s antique printing presses.
Planning permission for a ‘cathedral of stories’ submitted to Oxford City Council
Project unanimously approved by Oxford City Council.
Building work begins on the first chapter of The Story Museum’s transformation.
The Story Museum part reopens with newly-refurbished spaces, major exhibition 26 Characters and programme of events. Over 30,000 people and over 4,250 school children visited the Museum in its first year of opening.
Shop and café opens.
Draw me a Story exhibition opens, featuring original artwork from Quentin Blake, Emily Gravett, Mini Grey, Yasmeen Ismail, Korky Paul and Nick Sharratt.
Time for Bed installation opens.
Arts Council England invite The Story Museum to apply for £2 million towards the redevelopment costs of the remaining two-thirds of the site
‘Animal – a safari through stories’ new major exhibition opens
Happy Birthday Mr Burningham exhibition opens
The Heritage Lottery Fund Award a first-round pass for a £1.2m grant towards the completion of The Story Museum
Ever After installation opens as part of our consultation with audiences about which stories and story-related objects they would like to see collected by The Story Museum
Wild about Colour exhibition opens
Arts Council England confirms a grant of £2m towards The Story Museum’s ‘Chapter 2’ major redevelopment
Arts Council England confirms The Story Museum’s successful application for NPO (“National Portfolio Organisation”) status for 2018-2022, securing invaluable annual funding.
Initial designs for museum content created by architect Alan Farlie, and Tom Piper, the award-winning theatre designer who created ‘Wave and Weeping Window’ originally at the Tower of London,
Launch of ‘The Pumpkin’, a travelling story space to act as a “home from home” for The Story Museum in communities, schools, festival and public spaces for the duration of our museum redevelopment phase.
Opening of ‘It’s Always Teatime’ – an exhibition featuring artwork by 72 different artists from 19 different countries themed around the tea party scene in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Opening of Alphabetown – an interactive exhibition for younger children curated and developed by illustrator Sarah Edmonds.
Heritage Lottery Fund confirms Round 2 funding to compete their £1.2million funding pledge.
Museum gallery and exhibition spaces begin to progressively close in preparation for major rebuilding work.
Permission is given to let the contract for building work to start
Launch of the 1001 Stories Quest public appeal to help raise the final remaining funds needed for the project.