The plot thickens at The Story Museum's new exhibition, according to Alexandra Coke

An indoor forest, an underground burrow, a desert island… our interactive exhibition 26 Characters is being installed.

The Story Museum’s atmospheric building is transforming into a treasure trove of stories, and the line between fact and fiction is starting to blur.

26 Characters features some of Britain’s best-loved storytellers, portrayed by award-winning celebrity photographer Cambridge Jones as their childhood story heroes.

Each portrait will be hung in a themed space (hence the boxes of snow we received in the post a few weeks ago), accompanied by new stories, extracts of the original stories, and interviews with the authors.

Go on an adventure with our intriguing trail, meet our talking throne, and dress up as your own favourite character to have your picture taken for our digital gallery. We also have a star-studded season of events from April 5 – the museum is gearing up for our brand new season, and we can’t wait to get started!

* There will be storytelling galore as Jamila Gavin, Geraldine McCaughrean and National Storytelling Laureate Katrice Horsley weave their words for children and grown-ups. n Authors offer sneak previews of new books, and our popular Thousand and One conversations return, with events for adults and older children.

* Listen to a story – and read along, if you’d like to – at Reading Allowed, our reading circle every Sunday. It opens with Treasure Island, and special guest Philip Pullman will be launching the first session on April 13. n See Charlie Higson in conversation with 26 Characters photographer Cambridge Jones at the Oxford Playhouse on 2 May.

* Be part of a memory experiment in Remembering Stories on May 15.

We also have a variety of accessible events waiting in the wings. ‘Relaxed visits’ on the last Sunday morning of every month will offer those with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders the chance to experience the exhibition at a calmer time. In June we’ll be collaborating with the Ashmolean Museum to offer a Touch Tour for visually impaired visitors, and a BSL-interpreted tour.

Keep your eyes peeled for May events – The Phoenix Children’s Comic Festival will return after a sell-out in 2013, and our quirky new shop and café will be unveiled with story-inspired food and gifts from good fairies.

Find out more about what we’ve got planned at The Story Museum at