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26 Characters – makers


Cambridge Jones as Biggles. 26 Characters at The Story Museum

Cambridge Jones as Biggles.

Photographer: Cambridge Jones

Cambridge Jones studied politics at Oxford and acting at RADA before becoming a rock drummer, restaurant owner and award-winning photographer. He has photographed four British prime ministers, the Queen, and everyone from Sir Anthony Hopkins to Al Pacino. He exhibits all around the world, and some of his work resides in the Queen’s private library at Windsor Castle.
Cambridge punctuated the 26 Characters photo shoots with travelling around India with Dominic West and playing a submarine commander in a Hollywood action movie. Adopted at the age of two, he often works with charities that support children, including the Prince’s Trust, Barnardo’s and The Story Museum. Cambridge Jones may not always have been his real name.
Favourite character: Biggles.


Neill Cameron
Boromir, Rupert Bear and Till Eulenspiegel
Neill is a writer and artist specialising in manga and comics artwork, illustration and character design. He is the writer and artist of the graphic novel series Mo-Bot High and is currently working on The Pirates of Pangaea (with Daniel Hartwell) and How to Make Awesome Comics for the weekly comic, The Phoenix.
Favourite character: Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings.

From Rupert the Bear, designed by Neill Cameron

From Rupert Bear, designed by Neill Cameron

Liz Cooke
Owl and the Pussy-cat, Peter Pan, Wild Thing
Liz works as an artist, maker, writer and deviser for stage. She has worked with the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Court and The Globe, in the West End and for principal regional theatres. She has designed extensively for physical performances including aerial and circus techniques.
Favourite character: Winnie the Pooh.

The Owl and the Pussycat, designed by

From The Owl and the Pussycat, designed by Liz Cooke

Philip Cooper
Badger, Jekyll & Hyde, Mary Poppins, Scarlet Pimpernel, White Witch
Philip art directs exhibition, retail and interior design projects for clients ranging from Top Shop to the V&A, London Fashion Week to Save the Children. Aged 14 he so successfully transformed his parents’ garden shed into the style of a neo-classical ‘stately home’ that it was featured in The World of Interiors.
Favourite character: Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

From The Wind in the Willows, designed by Philip Cooper

From Badger, designed by Philip Cooper

Ted Dewan
Pod and Arrietty Clock
Biography and interview here.
With thanks to Sam Taylor for creating the Clock family home.

From The Borrowers, designed by Ted Dewan

From Pod and Arietty Clock, designed by Ted Dewan

Alix Harwood
Anansi, Bellerophon, Hanuman, Merlin
Alix is a designer and maker who has worked on The Harry Hill Movie, Into the Woods, Avengers and Cinderella and contributed to Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban, Hugo and Thor. She collaborates with artists including Ori Gersht and created the Wordstorm room for The Story Museum’s 2012 exhibition Other Worlds.
Favourite character: Nogbad the Bad from Noggin the Nog.

From Merlin, designed by Alix Harwood

From Merlin, designed by Alix Harwood

Thomas McCarron-Shipman
Just William
Thomas is an artist and maker who often collaborates with designer Philip Cooper.
Favourite character: Bigwig from Watership Down.

Just William's shed by

From Just William, designed by Thomas McCarron-Shipman

Michael Pickwoad
The Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, Magwitch, the Wicked Witch of the West
Michael is a production designer and art director, known for Dr Who, Withnail and I and Longford. He is the son of actor William Mervyn best known for his portrayal of the Bishop in the popular1960s television comedy All Gas and Gaiters.
Favourite character: D’Artagnan from The Three Musketeers.
With thanks to Sarah Gardner for the painting the island.

From Long John Silver, designed by Michael Pickwoad

From Long John Silver, designed by Michael Pickwoad


Anansi and the Basket of Stories by Alex Kanefsky.

Pride Comes Before a Fall: The story of Bellerophon by Geraldine McCaughrean.

Hanuman the Monkey God by Jamila Gavin.

‘Sestude’ poems by members of writers group, 26.


Olivia Colman
Just William, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Scarlet Pimpernel, Wicked Witch of the West, the White Witch
Olivia is an English actress known for her television roles in Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Rev, Beautiful People and Green Wing. In 2013 she won BAFTA awards for her roles in Accused and Twenty Twelve and received further acclaim for her role as DS Ellie Miller in ITV crime series Broadchurch.
Favourite character: Anne of Green Gables.

Christopher Eccleston
Badger, Boromir, Jekyll & Hyde, Long John Silver, Magwitch
Christopher is an English actor best known for playing the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who. His other television appearances include Our Friends in the North. He has also appeared on stage and in films such as Let Him Have It, Shallow Grave, Jude, Elizabeth, and Thor: The Dark World.
Favourite character: The boy from The Boy Who Was Afraid.

Ted and Pandora Dewan
Pod and Arrietty

Julia and Malcolm Donaldson
The Owl and the Pussy-cat

Jamila Gavin
Hanuman the Monkey God

Ailsa Joy

Alex Kanefsky
Anansi the Spider


Talking Throne: East London Kinetics

Sound design: Barry Gibson

Audio-visual: Adrian Cassidy

Set builders: Ally Baker; Jonny Bell; Karla Berron; Graham Day; Adam Maynard; Rebekah Lidwell; Thomas McCarron-Shipman; Matthew Terry; Kingerlee Ltd; R T Harris & Son, and the Story Museum team and volunteers.


To all the participating authors, their publishers and agents

Portrait costumes: Royal Shakespeare Company; The National Theatre; Maura Allen; Ally Baker. Coordinated by Ginny Battcock.
Portrait make-up: Sue Parsons, Sophie Everett, Melanie Winning, Lynn Fraser.
Dressing up costumes kindly loaned by Creation Theatre, Cokethorpe School, Oxford Playhouse

Books in End Gallery kindly loaned by Oxfordshire County Council Library Service

Props and furniture kindly donated by Hide & Seek; 815Agency; Havelock 11; 2-6 Heavers; Mulberry Group plc; Junk Recycling; Susan Robinson; Malgosia Nowak-Kemp of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History; Estates De¬partment, University of Oxford; Bodleian Library; Junk Recycling; Sailing Barge Repertor
‘Sestudes’ by members of writers group, 26, gathered by John Simmons and Kaye Sharpe

Permission to photograph and display characters:
William Brown: Macmillan Children’s Books: Just William first published in 1922. This selection first published 1991 by Macmillan Children’s Books a division of Macmillan publishers Ltd. All stories copyright © Richmal C. Ashbee. Foreword copyright © Lily Broadway Productions 2009. Illustrations copy¬right © Thomas Henry Fisher Estate.
Mary Poppins by kind permission of the Estate of the late P.L Travers and the Estate of Mary Shepard (represented by N.E. Middleton).
Boromir by kind permission of the Tolkien Estate.
Rupert Bear by kind permission of DreamWorks Animation UK Ltd. Rupert Bear is a registered trademark of Classic Media Distribution Limited and Express Newspapers: all rights reserved.
A Wild Thing from: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak. Copyright © Maurice Sendak, 1963, used by kind permission of The Wylie Agency (UK) Ltd.

Permission to record audio extracts:
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy by kind permission of A.P. Watt at United Agents on behalf of Sara Orczy-Barstow Brown.
Just William by Richmal Crompton by kind permission of United Agents (www.unitedagents.co.uk) on behalf of the Richmal Crompton Estate.
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers by kind permission of the Estate of the Late P.L Travers.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis by kind permission C.S. Lewis, copyright © C.S.Lewis Pte Ltd, 1950.
The Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien by kind permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Book extracts acknowledged within the exhibition.