Arts & Culture

1 – 7 June 2015

From the 1st – 7th June, The Story Museum will be celebrating national Volunteers’ Week, during which volunteers across the UK are recognised and thanked for their efforts and contributions. Since opening in 2014, the museum has built up a dedicated and talented group of volunteers many of which have gone on to become full time members of staff.

Ellie Dimmock, a volunteer for The Story Museum since January 2015 says: “I love volunteering at The Story Museum - it’s such a magical place and to be able to feel like I’m part of creating that magic is a really special thing. Even though I’m a volunteer, I feel like I’m part of the team and that the time I give up makes a real difference. There’s always something unusual and exciting going on, and it’s given me the opportunity to be involved in no end of weird and wonderful things!” More than 15 million people volunteer in the UK every month, lending their time and talents to causes as varied as food banks, libraries and hospitals. Charities, community groups and other organisations across the country are holding events to thank their volunteers for the contribution they make. Events will include awards ceremonies, barbecues, roadshows and tea parties. Last year almost 500 events were held throughout the UK.

About The Story Museum

The Story Museum works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. A charity and non-profit company, it is in the process of creating a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of historic Oxford. The Museum currently has two exhibitions open to the public: Time For Bed, inspired by Helen Cooper’s award winning book The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go To Bed, and Draw Me Story, which explores how picture books grow from start to finish. The Museum continues to campaign for funds to complete its development. The Museum’s patrons are Kevin Crossley-Holland, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson and Malorie Blackman.