The Museum of Stolen Stories is a long-term research project through which Jessica explores the impact of looting, trafficking and collecting antiquities and cultural property. The project utilises object biography, provenance research and replica theory to bring hidden narratives to light and open meaningful discussion about our shared human heritage. The intention is to build a museum through multiple exhibits (projects) which add to the critical discussion, engage the public and raise awareness.
Research will explore the activities of metal detectorists and archaeologists in the Lakes and Dales, considering their relationship, practices and how they are changing perceptions of local heritage. Project is also interested in the implications on a local level of proposed changes to Treasure Law, alterations that were put forward in part because of a discovery in Cumbria.
This research is supported by Great Places Lakes & Dales