Mythstories began in June 1998 as a website of traditional Shropshire tales with associated activities aimed at curious 7 – 13 year olds. A year later this became part of the National Grid for Learning as the recommended site for Key Stage 2 literacy.

Mythstories’ museum opened to the public in 1999. Initially in Shrewsbury town centre, in 2000 we moved to the Morgan Library in Wem. In 2019 we returned to Shrewsbury relocating at the Guildhall campus of University Centre Shrewsbury.

We:

  • Hold a collection of storytelling artefacts, a library of folktales and an audio archive of performance storytelling.
  • Maintain and continually enhance the educational website.
  • Run regular family storywalks and workshops; one-off performances and events and CPD training.

For over 20 years we have organised funded projects with storytelling at their heart. We have worked with artists, local authorities, schools and communities across Shropshire, South Cheshire, North Wales and the mid-Wales border and with funders large and small.

Much of our work has taken place out of doors – walks in woods, performances in caves and festivals on specific sites. Much has been with young people – encouraging them to explore oral heritage and become young storytellers.

We are a Registered Charity.

Mythstories is where words work.


The Team

Dez Quarréll
Artist in residence

Over the past 50 years Dez has been a musician, a visual artist and a
storyteller. He has over 35 years experience of working in schools
and community settings and founded the museum and website.

Ali Quarréll
Key Volunteer Administrator

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 Tumnus
Key Volunteer

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.


Our Trustees

Peter Roscoe

A retired Local Authority employed solicitor whose work mainly concerned children and young people.

Jacob Williams

An award winning storyteller currently studying at Bangor University.

Si Poole

Simon Poole is the Programme Leader for the Masters in Creative Practice in Education at the University of Chester and the Senior Leader for Cultural Education and Research at Storyhouse.

Zara Bannu

An ex award winning young storyteller now working in the Social Care sector.

Phil Jefferies

Psychologist and mental health researcher by trade, Phil has been a long term volunteer at Mythstories’ events.


Advisory Team

All of our Advisory Team have worked with Mythstories for many years, some even did their school work experience with us.

Now they lend their expertise in storytelling and other areas whenever called upon, and notably sometimes unprompted.

In alphabetical order (because they are a competitive bunch) they are:

Kayleigh Gee

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.

Daragh Quinn

Young Storyteller of Wales 2009/10.

Chairperson of Young Storyteller of the Year 2013/14.

Politico-whizz-kid at the House of Commons.


Jen Watson

Trustee Designate

Member Best Group Young Storyteller of the Year 2011.

Project Leader STWYTellers (Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Young Tellers).

Studied English & History at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.

Learning Assistant at Investigate Learning (Lincolnshire County Council)

Joe White

Trustee Designate

Member Best Group Young Storyteller of the Year 2011.

National Young Achiever of the Year (Arts) 2009.

Studied Law & Politics at Manchester University.

Works in the Government Legal Department.

Fiona Collins

Curatorial Adviser

Doctor Fiona Collins, who has been a storyteller for many years, brings her academic rigour to bear on the museum’s collections.


what we did last year

What went on in 2019/20; relocation and much more…

Our Funders

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Downloads and Links

A few pages and sites we think you will find interesting.

Support Mythstories

Three different ways to play your part in Mythtories’ future.