STORYTELLING IN MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
‘This is what tradition is -
     the condition of the future being in the past.’ Sybil Marshall

The Crick Crack Club has been working with museums and galleries for over 20 years. We programme storytelling performances for numerous Wellcome Collection events (including Dirt, The Making of Our Parts & Seize the Day); advise the National Gallery education & events department; pioneered sleep-over events for the Natural History Museum and the British Museum; programmed storytellers for the British Museum's 250th Birthday celebrations; partnered The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts for 4 years to run Story Quest, and much more... We offer advice on programming anything from storytelling in galleries, to formal performances, and large scale residencies and conferences.

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The narrative museum
Museums, galleries, heritage sites, historic houses and gardens have a long tradition of collaborating with storytellers. Stories can immerse an object - be it a tiny shard of pottery, a painting, a statue, or an entire building - in our imagination, decoded it and allowing it to be perceived in a completely new light. The fabulous variety of museums, their exhibits and their interpretative approaches, means there are endlessy diverse ways in which storytellers can work in these contexts. Such work demands that artists and curators engage with the fascinating dynamic between pedagogical imperative, interpretation and creative response.

Any given object gives rise to many stories - whether the cultural context of the object; the narrative behind iconography and imagery; how the object plays a part in other stories, or the story of how the object came to be created, and how it came to be in the collection. Art the world over has been created in response to narrative – often religious or mythic - and it doesn't take long to find layers of story lurking behind secular art. Traditional narratives themselves (folktales, fairytales, myths, epics, legends, jokes, riddles and so on) form an enormous part of what UNESCO calls 'intangible cultural heritage'. If you're looking for a storyteller, or have a project in mind, please contact us.

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button Guidance on storytelling in museums (PDF)

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