The Restoration Agency2015
For items lost but not forgotten.
"It is our great pleasure to restore to you the enclosed globe, an item of your property which we have reason to believe you lost some time ago."
A globe arrives at a school with a letter from The Restoration Agency. But there’s been a mistake. The globe doesn’t belong to the school so they send it back. The next week The Restoration Agency appears, unannounced, in the school playground. Two dedicated, and slightly confused, Restoration Agents appear with it and refuse to leave until the mystery of who owns the lost globe is solved. The game is afoot…
The Restoration Agency was developed from the research and development work carried out during Out in the Playground. Funded by Arts Council England with support from Wild Rumpus the project visited two primary schools in Stoke-on-Trent. At each school the Restoration Agents invaded assemblies, interrupted classes and generally spent a lot of time loitering in the playground before and after school asking passing children and parents if they had any new clues or ideas about the owner of the globe. Over the course of two weeks ideas from the children and their families were woven into the developing narrative.