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A History of the World: Coventry and Warwickshire
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You can also submit items from your own collection to the website

The BBC and the British Museum are working together to explore some of the items which make up our history.

Throughout 2010, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a programme called A History Of The World In 100 Objects, and other projects will coincide across the BBC.

This includes looking at items from our history and each local BBC throughout England has chosen ten historical items from museums in their patch.

These are items which reflect life in the county and important artefacts.

Viewers to the A History of the World website will also be able to upload items of interest from their own personal collection. It is hoped that this will build up a great archive of our history.

A history of Coventry and Warwickshire in 10 items

Coventry and Warwickshire has many museums, so it was hard to choose one museum which had items that reflected life across the whole of our region.

Take a tour of a Vulcan aircraft

We have worked with the Coventry Transport Museum, The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Warwickshire Museum, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Midland Air Museum and the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum.

Items include the jet engine, a rugby ball, lyrics from The Specials and a clock from Warwickshire.

You can find out what 10 items have been chosen from Coventry and Warwickshire by clicking on the link below, which takes you to another part of our History section:

Why these items from Coventry and Warwickshire
Sheldon tapestry map of Warwickshire - Warwickshire County Museum
This is just one part of the Sheldon tapestry map of Warwickshire

Speaking about the 10 items chosen to create a picture of Coventry and Warwickshire's history, Helen Maclagan, head of heritage and culture for museums at Warwickshire County Council said:

"I'm fascinated by this selection of objects. The rich collections of museums in Warwickshire and Coventry are a wonderful, and very personal, way to understand the history of this area.

"Each object brings us close to people from times past - hunters in Ice Age Warwickshire, half a million years ago; the individual freedom provided by the bicycle and the terror of the Coventry air raids. And the museums from which these objects come can do that a hundred times over - so do visit your local museums and get in touch with your history!"

How to get involved

Listeners and viewers will be asked to suggest further objects and can actively participate by uploading photographs of their own objects that have a local or global appeal.

Night at the museum

On Wednesday, 31 March, A Night at the Museum was held at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry and many of our 10 items were on show to the public. You can see photos by clicking on the link below:

To submit your items and to find out more about A History of the World, please visit the official website:


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