Todays post is something completely different, but it still has a connection to nature.
Oxford’s Story Museum has a new exhibition – ANIMAL – a safari through stories.
The Story museum is an amazing place, built on the idea of exploring and celebrating stories, old and new. The museum is set in a massive, rambling old building. The fact that it is full of many rooms and corridors, with no clear order makes it feel like you are truly part of the stories themselves. From comfy sofas, shelves of books and even a giant bed, you are encouraged to grab a book, settle down and enter the world of stories. Remember to look up, down, inside and upside down, as every possible space holds a surprise.
What I really came to see was the ANIMAL exhibition. The exhibition is based around 12 spaces each with a link to a book. Each space has activities, listening ports and even things to smell.
My absolute favourite was The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse. A tale about water voles and their adventures. The book and it’s sequel follow a family of water voles and a rat. Not only is this a great book but you also learn a lot of information about water voles and their struggles. In this space you can sit in Sylvan’s home, listening to the sound of the river outside, the birds up above, while listening to extracts from the book.
My other favourites included The Last Wild by Piers Torday, featuring Cockroaches, Kester’s watch and bed.
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell.
In the War Horse stable there was a head and tales game to play.
A cupboard like Lyra’s to hide in and a tower of daemons in Northern Lights.
Other featured books included Island by Nicky Singer, The Jungle book by Rudyard Kipling, Varjak Paw by S F Said and Animal farm by George Orwell.
On a more serious note, the exhibition promotes our link to the natural world and provides information on ways you can help animals.
- Turn of the lights
- Eat less meat
- Eat fish from sustainable sources
- Give nature a home
- Support a conversation organisation