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Wales joins world history project

Mold Gold Cape
The Mold Gold Cape was found in an ancient burial site and is kept at the British Museum

Welsh museums are joining a BBC campaign to create a unique digital record online telling a history of the world through objects.

People are being asked to log on to a BBC website to upload their own entries and build a picture of the impact of Wales on the world.

It will coincide with television and radio programmes looking at artefacts in museums across the UK.

The History of the World will be shown on BBC Wales in the spring.

BBC Wales has also been working with the museums in Wales to find objects for the website, such as a Laura Ashley dress from Powys, and chain link for ships from Pontypridd.

Stone handaxe
Stone handaxe from Pontnewydd cave (pictured) found with the only Neanderthal remains discovered in Britain (National Museum of Wales, Cardiff)
David Lloyd George's personal copy of WW1 draft peace treaty (Lloyd George Museum, Llanystumdwy)
First edition of book by Robert Recorde, the first person to write about maths in English and who gave the world the = sign (Tenby Museum)
Laura Ashley dress representing the impact she had on world fashion from her factory at Carno, Powys (Powysland Museum, Welshpool)
Chain link made by Brown Lennox company of Pontypridd, pioneering use of chains rather than rope to hold ship anchors (Pontypridd Heritage Museum)

The series, presented by rugby broadcaster and journalist Eddie Butler, will tell the story of Welsh influence on the world and the world's influence on Wales through some museum artefacts.

It covers the themes of Welsh "firsts", trade and industry, conflict, and identity and belief.

Producers are urging the Welsh public to enhance the A History Of The World website with pictures of their favourite objects which have a story to tell.

Clare Hudson, acting director of BBC Wales, said she hoped people would visit some of the museums to see the website objects close at hand, but also think about what articles they may have at home which they could upload to tell a story related to the history of the world.

"This is an opportunity to help create a unique digital museum, where not just the famous objects, but also those very personal things kept at home or in the attic which still have a story to tell, can take their place," she said.

Roy Noble's programme on BBC Radio Wales will also look at some of the best Welsh objects in the spring.

The Nia Roberts programme on BBC Radio Cymru will feature regular updates on some of the website artefacts and some of the listeners' objects for five weeks from Monday, 25 January.

A total of 24 museums across Wales have uploaded initial objects for the website, with 350 museum venues around the UK contributing.

BBC launches history of world

At the heart of the project is A History Of The World In 100 Objects, on BBC Radio 4 from Monday, 18 January (0945 GMT), written and narrated by the British Museum cirector, Neil MacGregor.

A 13-part CBBC series entitled Relic: Guardians Of The Museum will also broadcast from January.

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