making room for stories
May 1-27 2012
An exciting artistic collaboration turned our dilapidated building into a giant compendium of strange, amusing and haunting stories.
Imagine room after room, each with a story to tell. Some large, some small, some full of memories, others full of cobwebs; some leading to strange secrets, others to a dead end.
Other Worlds was an exhibition of intriguing new storytelling partnerships. Writers, visual and other creative artists, brought these rooms to life in an exciting installation, inspired by the distinctive character of the building.
breathing life into mysterious spaces
We have more than 50 rooms, many of which formed Oxford’s main post office and telephone exchange. To make way for our transformation into a world-class museum celebrating story and storytelling, Other Worlds introduced you to the Museum’s potential and celebrate the power of story-telling in many different forms.
clues and secrets
More than 25 collaborations drew visitors into the spaces in mysterious ways. People were encourage to go from room to room at their own pace, looking for items and clues of stories being made - and entering imaginative other worlds.
adding to the story store
Oxford is a magical city of stories, with authors such as Lewis Carroll, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Philip Pullman taking us on wonderful imaginary journeys. Other Worlds continued the tradition.
Read what some of our first visitors have to say about Other Worlds.
a collaboration with Dark Angels
Other Worlds is the concept of Dark Angels, which brings together business writers keen to keep their creativity sharp. Their collective writing power forms the nucleus of the exhibition. Dark Angels runs workshops, courses and master classes which look at how to use words more engagingly and imaginatively. They are joined by some invited artists and wordsmiths, including Michael Rosen, Kate Clanchy, Roger Dean and Korky Paul.
Other Worlds special events
Korky Paul live!
Watch out,there's a plesiOsaurus plodding about upstairs...Korky Paul, everybody's favourite children's illustrator, visited us to create a giant mural and lead some paint-spattered workshops.
Anita Klein sale of artist's paint sketches
The painted sketches for Anita's entranceway mural were on show and for sale at The Story Museum during the exhibition.
eye bomb gallery
See where the eye bombers have been around the building. Which is your favourite?