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Scots artefacts in digital museum

dolly the sheep
Dolly the Sheep is one of a number of artefacts in the digital museum

Comedian Billy Connolly's banana boots, Dolly the Sheep and the world's oldest football will help to tell Scotland's story in a new digital museum.

Favourite and famous articles from the past are being displayed in a unique virtual exhibition where people can view artefacts online.

A History of the World involves the BBC, the British Museum and 350 collections from around the UK.

People will also have the chance to add photographs of objects of their own.

The log was inspired in part by Neil McGregor, the Scots-born director of the British Museum.

Mr McGregor chose 100 artefacts from the British Museum as part of a radio series for Radio 4 to mark the museum's 250th anniversary.

Photographs of them are displayed on the History of the World website.

Billy Connolly's banana boots
Billy Connolly wore his banana boots to sing The Welly Boot Song

Another 350 museums from around the UK were asked to select artefacts of significance from their collections.

Sixty objects from Scottish museums have been placed on the History of the World website so far.

Among them is Dolly the Sheep, the first cloned mammal ever to be made from an adult cell, who is on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Her birth was the result of pioneering work at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, and when she died her remains when conserved as an exhibit.

Banana boots

The People's Palace in Glasgow has submitted comedian Billy Connolly's famous banana boots.

They were made by the renowned artist John Byrne for Billy's play The Great Northern Welly Boot Show in 1972, which was a satire on the Upper Clyde shipbuilders work-in.

Billy Connolly wore them to sing his famous Welly Boot Song.

Bonnie Prince Charlie's silver canteen
Bonnie Prince Charlie owned the silver canteen which was lost at Culloden

There is also a travelling canteen which belonged to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The 18th Century equivalent of a picnic set may have been a 21st birthday present to the prince and was lost at the battle of Culloden in 1746.

The world's first supersonic aircraft, Concorde, is another Scottish contribution.

Only 20 were ever made and one of them is now based at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian.

Sally Manuireva, the director of public programmes at National Museums Scotland, said: "We are delighted to be involved with this project, which is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about the world through the captivating objects on display in our museums."

Public invitation

Members of the public have been invited to submit photographs of objects which they consider to be of interest in the history of Scotland.

Angela Roberts, BBC project manager for A History of the World in Scotland, said: "Maybe there's something in your community that will help create a legacy for future generations to understand more about the part Scotland has played in the world.

"It could be a ticket from an international football match or a family heirloom such as a teapot - as long as it has both Scottish and world significance."

From Tuesday 19 January BBC Radio Scotland's daily arts programme The Radio Cafe will broadcast six special editions on one or more objects selected from the Scottish museums.

BBC Radio Scotland will also feature some of the objects chosen by members of the public in the history magazine programme Past Lives.



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