Before I go any further, however, perhaps I should put things into context by starting at the very beginning.
The Story Museum in Oxford came into being when its creators decided that the art of storytelling needed a "cathedral". They envisioned a place of worship of sorts where devotees could congregate, take in a performance (or buy a copy of their favourite book) and partake of delicious refreshments in an on-site café.
Shortly afterwards, they became the - no doubt - astounded and delighted recipients of an anonymous £2.5 million gift. With it, they were able to secure premises for their exciting new venture and settled on a building on Pembroke Street, a spot that was once famed for storytelling and even housed a few notable raconteurs.
In a further twist of fate, the Storyloom - built 147 years ago by a man named Barnabas Rochester - was discovered in its cellar. Ted Dewan, a children's author and illustrator helped restore and put it back together and has now been appointed artist in residence as well as loomkeeper.
No-one is quite sure how it actually worked but it supposedly took the fantasies of children and, somehow, turned them into stories. Rochester lived next to an orphanage and so had no shortage of fertile young minds from which to harvest his material.
It is fitting that the Storyloom should be exhibited (not only in tandem with but) in close proximity to Tea With Alice as it is said to have blown its smoke into Christchurch where Lewis Carroll worked.
Visitors were given the opportunity to try Rochester's rather menacing-looking contraption for themselves and to record the things they felt enhanced or hindered one's imagination. They happily obliged on large sheets of paper taped to the walls, as you can see below.
I'm curious - what do you make of the Storyloom? A work of Victorian genius or pure humbug?
You can find out more about upcoming events at The Story Museum here.