Please note University Centre Shrewsbury is closed to the public until 2022. No visits to the collection are possible at present.

Upper Ground Floor Exhibits can be seen free of charge by the public during the building’s normal opening hours (8.30am – 17.30pm).

Exhibits on the other floors can be seen by University Students, and by participants in Mythstories’ Curator-led tours.


The Mythstories / Society for Storytelling Library

The Library is a reference collection of books relating to Traditional Tales housed throughout University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. It incorporates the Lisa Watts Collection and the Pat Keysall Collection.

You are welcome to find a chair and enjoy reading the books, but please do not remove them from the building, and if you could return them to the book returns box in the UCS Library.

Most of the Library is free to use during the normal opening hours of University Centre Shrewsbury, with reference books in certain categories available to read by appointment.

This is a growing collection of storybooks and folklore, together with taped reminiscences, archive tellings and performances donated to Mythstories or the Society for Storytelling by storytellers, their families and friends, and members of the public.

If you would like to donate items for the library please contact Mythstories, or the Society for Storytelling.

The LCIS Archive of Performance Storytelling

The LCIS archive is a historical document of interest to anyone studying the nature of the public performative aspect of oral storytelling in Britain; its re-creation and re-development as a contemporary performance art; the events that have taken place; the artists participating in them, and the material being told, from the early 1980s to 2007. It contains over 900 individual recordings and features around 220 voices.

You can research the Archive by appointment, please Contact Us to book or find out more.