The Story Museum, Oxford

Description Conversion of a cluster of buildings around a courtyard in the middle of historic Oxford to create the Story Museum. The project included three different and disparate buildings, including 19th Century Rochester House, and a former post office, merged into one museum.  

Funders to date include both private and public bodies. The ambitious multi-million-pound redevelopment was implemented in Phases. Appointed in 2011, by April 2014 we helped finish the first phase of an ambitious multi-million-pound redevelopment project. Phase 2 consisted of the creation of a 100-seat studio theatre, a story activity and play area, two further galleries and another large exhibition space.  

The Story Museum was a Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England-funded project. The team faced challenging budget constraints but overcame them with resourceful solutions. 

Awards 2022 RIBA South Award. Oxford Preservation Trust Awards: Building Conservation 2021. Shortlisted – Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022. OxPropFest Awards: Project of the Year 2022.

Story Museum Oxford

Image: Create Commons – Andrew Walmsley

Project Data

  • Service: Quantity Surveying / Strategic Advice
  • Client: The Story Museum
  • Architect: Purcell

Project Features:

  • Sensitive Grade I & Grade II Listed buildings.
  • Creation of public access, events, exhibition and immersive experience spaces.
  • Sensitive conservation building issues.
  • Challenging budget constraints.

Image: Create Commons – Andrew Walmsley

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