The Story is a museum held at mount Oswald Manor House. It aims to inspire people to get involved in creating and telling their own stories. Within the building is the historical archives and the registry office.

Oswald Manor House used to be a golf course and as a result sports some very beautiful garden grounds for people to enjoy at their wedding or their short visit. The museum is host to many interesting exhibitions that locals are involved in. For example, at the time of writing this, a local youth group are currently creating an exhibition on the history of childhood in County Durham.

Sections of the Durham Light Infantry museum are also held there. For example the recording of the Aycliffe angels are there for you to listen to. Not to mention, the story of Adrian Will shore the last man to receive the red cross is displayed there. Alternatively, you may find the forgotten battle called kahuna, a very interesting display to see.

Furthermore, the location is spread upon 3 floors. On the second floor there are computers where one can look up one’s own individual history. Who were you great great great great grandparents and what they used to do. On the top level is the research center where the curators of the library reside.

The café is located on the bottom floor. The tables are a white Formica with the walls matching in colour. The décor having quite a minimalist appearance. There is a wide array of scrumptious cakes and drinks to buy.


Accessibility at The Story

The automatic entrance is flat and wide. All the floors are smooth, flat and white. The shop is a couple of shelves at the entrance. Furthermore, there is a lift to all the floors and accessible toilets. The stairs are marked out with black tape.

A lot of the exhibitions have touch screen games and no audio. Few of the exhibitions have any audio. However, none of the exhibition screens have audio description. The writing is very small and so may prove hard to read for those with a visual impairment.

Tours are available and staff are happy to help whenever they can. Furthermore, one can book to view some of the artifacts upstairs with the curators of the museum. Whilst the staff are not trained to work with those who are neurologically diverse they are happy to do their best. The menus in the café are not braille or large print. However the staff are happy to help. Guiding to a table is provided if needed.

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You can find opening times here.


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