Stretch Story Box

Stretch Story Box

Stretch Story Box projectStretch Story Box project

A Digital Storytelling Project with HMP Addiewell

The Open Museum partnered up with arts charity Stretch to work on a digital storytelling project with offenders at HMP Addiewell.

Objects from the Glasgow Museums’ collection were brought to the prison to inspire the creation of five digital stories. Inspired by the objects, the group created personal scripts, then recorded and edited their individual films.

The films are each only a few minutes long, but very moving. Some stories are sad, some are funny, some are hopeful. To watch the films, please use the links on the left hand of this page, which will take you to Vimeo. 

The Partners

Stretch Story Box was a partnership project between the Open Museum; Stretch (an independent charity specialising in working with extremely excluded audiences); Sodexo Justice services; and offenders at HMP Addiewell. It took place between July 2011 and February 2012 and was funded by Museums Galleries Scotland.


This project work is pioneering in the field and it is contributing to a national and international research project including a PhD entitled ‘Taking Museum Collections into Prisons’. It is hoped that the findings will help develop a greater understanding of how museums can contribute to rehabilitation programmes delivered in prison education departments. 
Find Out More
To find out more about the project please contact us at the Open Museum.

To find out more about Stretch visit their website 

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