OXFORD’S Story Museum will be reopening to the public on April 4, 2020 following a transformation involving extensive building and redevelopment work.

The museum in Pembroke Street is now calling on supporters to help raise the funds to enable it to fill the redeveloped building with stories.

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Visitors will encounter gallery and activity spaces which encourage adults and children alike to lose themselves in their imagination.

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Highlights include the Whispering Wood - a mysterious forest resounding with oral stories from around the globe.

Malorie Blackman and Phllip Pullman, who are patrons of the attraction, will have their work featured in the Enchanted Library, an immersive gallery that invites visitors to step inside scenes from eight selected children’s stories.

The £6m campaign to transform the site into a major new centre for stories has benefitted from a number of significant grants, including support from Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Wolfson Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, with investment from the Arts Impact Fund through Nesta Arts & Culture Finance and donations from individuals.

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The museum’s work is also supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Oxford City Council.

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Philip Pullman, Author and Patron, said: “The Story Museum will be a wonderful gift from Oxford, where so many stories have begun, to the whole world.”

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The museum has just £300,000 to raise to hit its fundraising target.