The Changing Room is now closed but pop into our Cafe for FREE Story Bites sessions Tues-Fri 10:30-11:30


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The Story Museum is a registered charity (no.1107809) and we rely upon the support of donors. Thanks to their generosity, we are currently reaching over 40,000 people a year with our activities. This is set to grow to over 120,000 by the time we have completed the next stage of our redevelopment in 2020.

We need to raise around £400,000 annually to maintain our creative learning programmes, build our collection of stories, keep our museum running and produce a series of affordable, exciting and inspirational events. In addition our Access Fund helps us provide bursary places on courses and free family tickets to our exhibitions to children and families who would not otherwise be able to visit.

And now we’re embarked on Chapter 2 of our story with major redevelopment work starting on site in October 2018 which will bring our entire site into full use and deliver 10 exciting gallery and activity spaces.

So how can you help?

Make a personal gift – one-off or repeat

Donate now with a single gift by debit or credit card online or by calling 01865 790050.

Commit to a regular gift of just £3, £8 or £15 per month paid by direct debit.

Join the 1001 Fellowship to support our Chapter 2 campaign.

Join our 1001 Stories Quest to support our Chapter 2 campaign.

Please join us today and help us write the next chapter of our story.

Raise money on behalf of The Story Museum

Host a 24-hour sponsored bedtime story, arrange a book raffle at school, get sponsored to run as your favourite literary character in a charity run – there are so many ways to help.

Support us through your business or refer us to your employer

Many Oxford-based companies have donated money, services and goods in kind, as well as volunteering time to support our cause. Engaging with us in this way not only provides vital support that has a positive impact on thousands of local people, it can also align with your own corporate objectives – and in a tax efficient way. Contact us if you’d like to discuss getting involved.

Volunteer your time and skill

The Story Museum engages many volunteers from our own Board of Trustees to the visitor services assistants in our galleries. We also gain a huge amount from the expertise that our volunteer advisors contribute in all areas of our organisation, from financial strategy to exhibition making. As we gear up for our next big challenge – the Chapter 2 fundraising campaign – we would particularly welcome skills in capital campaigns, PR, community fundraising and major donors. Contact us to get involved.

However you decide to help,  you will become part of our treasured donor and volunteer community. We look forward to keeping you in touch with news updates, hosting you at special events and involving you in the work of the Museum as much or as little as you choose.

If you have any questions about making a donation or any aspect of fundraising at The Story Museum, please call Sophie for a chat on 01865 790050 or email.

Find out more about our work by downloading our Annual Report.

See our list of current supporters.


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If you have a complaint or a concern about our fundraising please contact our Campaign Team on 01865 790050 or download our fundraising complaints procedure.