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A History of the World Day in Dorchester
Queuing up outside the event in Dorchester
Hundreds of people were keen to meet the author Terry Deary

Hundreds of people visited Dorset County Museum for BBC Radio Solent's History of the World event.

A History of the World is a BBC project that tells the stories of the world through objects found in our museums.

In Dorset, ten objects have been selected to illustrate the county in the project, and the event was a chance to see some of them close up.

Visitors to the event could also bring along objects to have them examined by experts from Dorset's museums.

Barrie Churchill and his daughter from Poole, with the WWI book
Barrie Churchill and his daughter from Poole, with the WWI book

One of them was Barrie Churchill from Poole, who brought along a book from World War I.

He explained how it had been passed down to him by his grandmother.

He said: "She worked with a woman who was a nurse in World War I, and soldiers who had been injured and were then sent home to recuperate did drawings and pictures that they put into this book while they tried to get better."

Cigarette box

And Hilary Starr from Weymouth showed a small cigarette box with ornate engravings that was dated 1918.

She said: "I found it many years ago in a car boot sale.

A cigarette box made in 1918 and now owned by Hilary Starr from Weymouth
A cigarette box made in 1918 and now owned by Hilary Starr from Weymouth

"It says "India" on the outside but on the back it says "Poole, Dorset, England" so I think the owner may have been a solider in India but from a regiment in Poole, and he was out there in India during the World War II.

"I don't know exactly what it's made of but I'm thinking the owner was Colonel Marshall from Pontypridd in South Wales, as that's the name that's engraved on it, but I think there must be a family out there who would love to know about this.

"I've had it a long time and I've loved it and cherished it."


Author Terry Deary and a fan
Terry Deary signed autographs and copies of his books for fans

But many people were keen to see Horrible Histories author Terry Deary, who was there to met fans and to sign copied of his books.

He said: "It's been awesome. I've never seen so many people come just to have my books signed.

"And they've all been so nice."

Dorset County Museum director Jon Murden said: "I think the History of the World project has encouraged all of Dorset's museums to work closer together.

"It has been a chance to make links between objects and to build upon the knowledge we already had.

"But I also think it's important to engage the community and make sure people feel part of the museum.

"All of the history of Dorset is not just in a museum, it's the stories and things people have themselves.

"So the objects people brought in to show us, which can also be uploaded to the History of the World can enrich the local community and foster a greater sense of identity for everyone who lives here."

You can upload your own object on to the History of the World website.


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