Mythstories Mythstories Federation for European Storytelling member

About Us

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.

The Team

Day to day management

Dez Quarréll Dez Quarréll
Artist in residence

Over the past 50 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 Quarréll 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.

Ali Quarréll 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.

Advisory Team

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:-

Kayleigh Gee 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 Daragh Quinn

Young Storyteller of Wales 2009/10
Chairperson Young Storyteller of the Year 2013/14
Politico-whizz-kid at the House of Commons

Jen Ward Jen Waatson

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

Joe White Joe White

Best Group with Jen Ward 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 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.

Our Trustees

Peter Roscoe

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

Geoff Hardy

Founding partner of a Natural Health Centre, Geoff now retired is an inveterate campaigner and supporter of the arts.

Pauline Rigby

A social worker with experience in mental health, drugs and alcohol issues, and our Trustee with designated responsibilities for Child Protection.

Jacob Williams

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.

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