Making the invisible visible

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About Us

making the invisible visible

We are a team of volunteers from the arts & humanities, building The Lyme Museum together at the intersection of the arts, humanities and medical sciences. We want to be a catalyst for positive change and to enhance the voices of those who live with invisible and chronic illnesses and disabilities. We want to question the role of museums and society at large in the representation and inclusion of individuals living with invisible illnesses and disabilities.

We gather testimonies, objects and portraiture from the vibrant international community of those living with invisible illnesses and disabilities, as well as those who support, champion, encourage, stand up for, sponsor, promote and heal the community.

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Meet The Team

Angela Stienne



Angela Stienne is the founder of The Lyme Museum. She is a museum researcher (PhD) and storyteller from Paris, with over ten years of experience in the cultural sector in the United Kingdom. She works at the intersection of medical humanities, museum studies and science communication, with a track record in leading engagement on complex issues related to bioethics and the human body. Angela has worked extensively on storytelling, building projects around collections of displaced human remains, giving a voice to refugees and asylum seekers and exploring alternative narratives around museum objects and people. She has chronic Lyme disease and hypermobility syndrome.

Caitlin Smits

Artist in Residence


Caitlin Smits is the Artist in Résidence for Mummy Stories and The Lyme Museum. She earned her bfa from Calvin University in 2016 in fine art and art history, and her MA in art history from the University of Leicester in 2018. Early in 2020, she was diagnosed with chronic migraines, an often misunderstood and debilitating chronic illness. She's endured migraines her whole life but just thought they were bad headaches and nothing more, a little research and conversations with understanding doctors led to a diagnosis. There is not straightforward way to treat migraine, but she doesn't let this defeat her. Caitlin continues to work on her art and research and is hoping to embark on a PhD soon. You can find examples of her artwork and research here:

Thomas Bowers



Thomas Bowers is the Researcher at The Lyme Museum. He graduated with a BA in archaeology from Bangor University in 2018, and an MA in archaeology from the University of Leicester in 2020. He has an archaeological background with focus on the First World War and Second World War, with a keen interest in Roman Britain. He aims to combine his love of promoting heritage and archaeology to the public with raising awareness of hidden illnesses and disabilities throughout history.  

Madeline Burckhardt

Interpretation Consultant


Madeline Burkhardt has been an adult education coordinator and curator at a civil rights museum for over four years. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Auburn University in 2015 and from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a Master’s in Museum Studies. Burkhardt is passionate about creating visual spaces that evoke empathy and that produce a dialogue on difficult histories.

©2020  The Lyme Museum by Dr Angela Stienne.

 The Lyme Museum is registered with the UK Association of Independent museums.