Rochester's Extraordinary Storyloom
Victorian genius or pure humbug?
28 June - 16 September
The fabulous story of Barnabas Rochester’s only surviving story manufacturing machine.
'Inspiring treat for the imagination- we especially loved the storyloom- a great idea, should be turned into a film!' - Emma and Glenn, visitors
Victorian inventor Barnabas Rochester had an interest in stories but little talent for writing them – which is why he is said to have built the Storyloom. But could a machine be any match for a pen, paper and human imagination when it came to making stories? Was the Storyloom a marvel of Victorian genius or pure humbug?
'Storyloom is excellent! (Should definitely not be turned into a film- use your imagination!)' - visitor
Visitors had the chance to experiment with the only surviving story manufacturing machine – discovered and reassembled at The Story Museum – and see for themselves. Hear more from Loomkeeper Ted Dewan.
'We had a wonderful experience today. Pure genius, not humbugs at all! Thank you.' - vistors
Curated for The Story Museum by artist in residence and loom keeper, Ted Dewan. See panel right.
The Storyloom was part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
Rochester's Extraordinary Storyloom was a double exhibition with Tea with Alice. They are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Ted Dewan has been an illustrator and cartoonist since his teenage years. He studied at Brown University, then taught high-school physics for five years at Boston's Milton Academy before moving to London in 1988. He now lives in Oxford with his wife, author/illustrator Helen Cooper, and their daughter, Pandora.