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'What's your history?' ask Manchester School Reporters

Trinity High School works with the Manchester Museum to create their own entries for A History of the World website.

A project run by the BBC and the British Museum
The initiative identifies 100 important historical objects
Museums around the UK also choose their 100 most important objects

Trinity High School in Manchester has been working with the Manchester Museum to create their own history.

On Friday 15 January, 11 students from the school visited Manchester Museum with their own personal objects.

Their mission? To choose the most important objects to upload to the A History of the World website.

They were asked to bring objects which could be categorised under one of three titles: Contemporary objects from Manchester, old objects from Manchester and items from around the world that had come to Manchester.

Here are the students' reports:

By Amber, 12, School Reporter
From Trinity High School, Manchester

Porcelain dogs from Barbados apparently represents wealth in Barbados
Keep it in the family: Amber's porcelain dogs from Barbados

We started the day by meeting up with our curators: Bryan who studied Old Manchester (archaeologist), Stephen who studies things from around the world (anthropologist) and Andrea who is a social historian on modern Manchester.

Andrea showed us some things from the 2002 Commonwealth Games and I have one of the batons that she showed us.

Bryan Sitch, Curator of Archaelogy
Andrea Winn, Curator of the Community exhibition
Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures

Stephen talked to us about my objects. They were two small clay dogs that have gold painted on them. He told me that they were very special and that I should be very proud of them as they have been in my family for generations and they are from Barbados.

Cara, 12, School Reporter
From Trinity High School, Manchester

My artefact was about Old Manchester. Bryan showed us a Roman Altar which had pretty writing on it. I liked this.

We then went to see Andrea who showed us things from the Commonwealth Games. She asked if we knew anything about the Games. My gymnastic coach - John Smethurst - got gold!

After that, we went to Stephen who specialises in things from around the world. He showed us an amazing boomerang and he seemed very interested in my artefact. It has been in my family for 80 years! It has very beautiful pictures and writing.

I also brought a Caithness paperweight which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Liverpool and Manchester railway, from 1830 to 1980. Only 1,000 paperweights were made and my granddad's is edition number 21.

Rachel, 13, School Reporter
From Trinity High School, Manchester

We were lead into a peculiar room with lots of fossils where we met with curators and we were all photographed with our artefacts.

My artefact was a few of my granddad's memories from WWII that have been written on paper (by computer). These memories are rare to find and talk about things that even the government didn't tell you!

We went round to different areas, learning more about our artefacts. I learnt that mine would be great to donate to a museum. We were then taken through some fascinating galleries to a computer room where we were able to research more about our artefacts.

After our little moment of researching, we were filmed talking about our artefacts and why we thought they should be placed on A History of the World website.

Emma, 12, School Reporter
From Trinity High School, Manchester

Known as Brigid of Ireland
Also known as Brigid of Kildare
Born 451
Died 525
Feast day - February 1
Believed to have been an Irish Christian nun, abbess, and founder of several convents

I took a St Brigid's cross. I had brought this artefact from Knock Museum in Ireland whilst I was over there to see my family.

I learnt that it was an old Celtic tradition to make St Brigid's crosses. St Brigid made these crosses whilst her father was ill to pass the time. She gave these out as a sign of good luck! Now on St Brigid's Day in Ireland, people hang them in their homes.

Vanessa, 13, School Reporter
From Trinity High School, Manchester

I was told that my object was gold! I was astonished and I was thinking that it must be very valuable and priceless.

We had to describe our objects, in turn, to the curators with added information we got from our research. They then had to pick which objects they liked the best, and they picked mine.

Robert, 13, School Reporter
From Trinity High School, Manchester

Nelson  Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist
Mandela Manchester was the "Dragon's Den" choice of curator Andrea

I was informed that my cross-country medal was valuable as it was silver. Also, I was surprisingly told that my book, Mandela Manchester, was history in the making.

Then we had half an hour on the computers to research our artefacts so that we had more information. This would help us "sell" them to the museum; a bit like Dragon's Den.

At the end, Andrea said she would buy my book! Hmmm…how much should I sell it for I wonder? No! I won't be letting go of this piece of "history in the making!"

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