"The value of offering history as story is that it will linger in the minds...long after the telling...once students take history into their mouths and bodies, once they put on and feel its emotions, they no longer remain passive memorizers of facts" M. Gillard (1995) Storyteller, Storyteacher...p.120


Maureen James has been providing engaging, informative and entertaining historical storytelling sessions for heritage sites and family audiences since 2001. A former Director of the Society for Storytelling, and a member of Equity, she also has enhanced CRB clearance and Public Liability Insurance.

She wears period costume and can perform in an authentic tent equipped to 'living history' standard. See the gallery for images.

As explained in the biography section of this site, her current repertoire is suitable for all ages and covers a two historical periods, the first being her specialist subject at undergraduate level, the second, the subject of her Ph.D

  • Medieval tales
  • Victorian Folk Tales

For performance requirements click on the category link on the right


"your stories ROCK "

Young lad after family stories event

"Thankyou for making our event extra special. We have had many comments from children and adults all expressing their delight at the stories"

School PTA after storytelling at a medieval fair



Past Storytelling Engagements include:

Ayscoughfee Hall, Lincs

Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight

Bridewell Museum, Norwich

Carrickfergus Castle

Chepstow Medieval Fair

Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon

Denny Abbey & Farmland Museum, Cambs

Dunham’s Wood, March

Ely Cathedral & Ely Maltings

Giant’s Hill, Rampton

Gloucester (Through the Ages)

Goodrich Castle

Harlow Museum

Herstmonceux Castle

Kettering Museum

Kidwelly Castle

Lulworth Castle

Moyses Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Nassington Prebendal Manor, Northants

Redbridge Museum

Rockingham Castle

Salisbury Museum

St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church

Stonea Iron Age Camp, Cambs

Thetford Library

Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

Wandlebury Hill Fort

Whittlesey Museum

Wisbech Castle and Museum