Mythstories works with the spoken word. It is a museum of the intangible. It uses its collection of storytelling artefacts to introduce visitors to legends and folklore, to inspire them to a fuller understanding of the storyteller’s craft and to encourage them to be storytellers themselves, passing on oral heritage and keeping it alive.
Mythstories works with Local Education Authorities, Library Services, other museums and arts organisations, and with individual schools on projects using storytelling for enjoyment, entertainment and as a gateway to literacy and lifeskills.
We work with the community on projects that preserve our rich oral heritage and are well known for our work training and encouraging teenage storytellers to find their voices.
The museum houses changing displays of legends and folklore. It is open to the general public and to pre-booked groups. Every visitor experiences a live storytelling. Educational groups participate in workshops and storytellings that are tailor-made for their needs.
The website incorporates a "story-site" with free cross curricular, educational resources suitable for Key Stages 1 to 3.
Mythstories is where words work.
Day to day management
Resident storyteller and lead artist
Over the past 45 years Dez has been a musician, a visual artist and a
storyteller. He has over thirty years experience of working in schools
and community settings and founded the museum and website in 1998.
Ali has a raft of qualications and years of experience which make her a
safe pair of hands for administering the Charity's work, but somehow she
still finds the time to bring something artistic to the mix.
Suzanne is a storyteller from the Clee Hills who loves sharing stories and showing
our visitors how to make ingenious creations during our holiday Storycraft family sessions.
She’s a regular teller at Telling Space, the family storytelling club, and helps behind
the scenes, looking after our libraries and social media.
All of our Advisory Team did work experience with Mythstories and have worked and/or volunteered with the charity ever since.
Now they lend their expertise in storytelling and other areas to the management team whenever called upon, and notably sometimes unprompted.
In alphabetical order (because they are a competitive bunch) they are:-
Winner of the Positive Futures Award at Young Storyteller of the Year 2013
Peer Mentor to Away With Words Storyclub 2012 to 2014
Studied Food Nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University.
Young Storyteller of Wales 2009/10
Chairperson Young Storyteller of the Year 2013/14
Politico-whizz-kid at the House of Commons.
Best Group with Joe White Young Storyteller of the Year 2011
Project Leader STWYTellers (Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Young Tellers)
Studied English & History at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.
Education Officer at Lincoln Castle Museum
Best Group with Jen Ward Young Storyteller of the Year 2011
National Young Achiever of the Year (Arts) 2009
Studying Law & Politics at Manchester University.
Doctor Fiona Collins, who has been a storyteller for many years,
brings her academic rigour to bear on the museum's collections.
A retired Local Authority employed solicitor whose work mainly concerned children and young people.
Founding partner of a Natural Health Centre, Geoff now retired is an inveterate campaigner and supporter of the arts.
A man of many talents, Dave is a performance poet, publisher, musician and internet broadcaster. Check out his
spoken word internet radio station Radio Wildfire
A social worker with experience in mental health, drugs and alcohol issues, and our Trustee with designated responsibilities for Child Protection.
A young award winning storyteller currently at Bangor University where he founded and chairs the university's storytelling society.
Click Here for our latest annual report. / Click Here for What's an intangible museum? / Click Here for an article on Mythstories from Art UK.