Telling Tales...Open Culture Weekend at Buckinghamshire Archives


We are thrilled to open our doors for a series of events the first time in a long time!  Working with Buckinghamshire Culture we are offering three ways to get involved with story-telling in the Archives, over three days!  

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#1: Get Creative

Across the days 22/23/24 July, you can drop-in to Buckinghamshire Archives (address/directions here), and pick-up one of our free Creative Writing Kits: themed around a specific time period, each contains a selection of photos and documents, some historical context, and a few lines to get you going.  We will be open for you to drop-in and pick-up a kit between 10-15.45 on 22-24 July.  

Image of Victorian Storytelling Kit


#2: Listen to a story or two

We've commissioned the Unbound Storytellers to take inspiration from an item in our collection and weave a new story around it.  "Hidden Things" inspired by a photograph of objects found stuffed above a fireplace, is being premiered in Buckinghamshire Archives at 10.45 on Sat 24 July, seats are VERY limited, book your free ticket here.

Hidden Things


On Friday 23 and Saturday 24 Archivists Sally and Katherine will be giving Story Tours of the Archive Strongrooms.  These spaces, which hold over 900 years of Bucks history, are seldom open to the public.  Sally and Katherine will guide you through some of the stories contained within...expect stories about rats, royalty and rebellion.  Tours will be hourly, and last for approx 45 min; tours are limited but booking is essential here

Please note that the strongrooms are narrow, confined spaces, with uneven flooring; group sizes are limited and masks are essential, to ensure we can deliver this in a COVID safe way.

Photo of Strong room door


#3: Perform! 

If you've been inspired by our Creative Writing kits, come and share!  On 24 Jul, 15:00 we will be opening the floor for people to share their fictional historical scribblings with us: come and share, or support!  

Tickets for storytellers and audience here

Image of Vintage Microphone

If you have any questions about the above, drop us a line via

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