A History of the World
A History of the World is a unique partnership between the British Museum, the BBC and museums, schools and audiences across the UK.
It celebrates objects that have been made, and which have a story to tell. After all, even the most ordinary things can have the most extraordinary stories.
Inspired by the Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 Objects, which looks at the stories behind influential global objects from the British Museum, museums around the country have teamed up with the BBC in their area and chosen over 600 objects from their own collections that reflect world history from each area’s perspective. Museums in Lincolnshire, in partnership with BBC Radio Lincolnshire, have chosen 10 objects that tell A History of the World for our area – stories that not only have an interesting local significance but also an international connection.
Listeners and viewers of local BBC radio and television can also suggest their own items that have a local or global story to tell. Together, we can build one of the biggest online museums in the world. To find out more about this exciting project visit bbc.co.uk/local and to upload your own images visit bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld
The objects featured below are the 10 original objects chosen by museums in Lincolnshire.
A pair of snow shoes used by Captain John Franklin (1786-1847) on his expedition to the Arctic
This painting is by William Tom Warrener, the son of a wealthy Lincoln coal merchant.
A Roman tombstone depicting a young boy holding a hare
The matrix is of walrus ivory, and depicts a monk praying, with the hands of God blessing him from the cloud
The wool trade was of immense importance to the wealth of Medieval England
The Balaclava Bugle was used to sound the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade on 25th October 1854
Alms badge from the Sir Joseph Banks Almshouses linked to the Revesby estate
William Tritton, managing director of engineering firm Wm Foster & Co in Lincoln, and Major Walter Wilson invented the tank
Entering active service in 1942, the Lancaster was the main bomber aircraft used by Bomber Command
This suit was worn by Margaret Thatcher for her formal Downing Street portrait photograph