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A History of the World

A History of the World, Lancaster Bomber

A History of the World is a unique partnership between the BBC, the British Museum and 359 museums and institutions across the country.

This includes four museums here in Lincolnshire.

A hundred objects in the British Museum have been chosen to tell the story not only of Great Britain, but the way the whole modern world developed.

Here in Lincolnshire we're telling the same story with ten objects from the county's museums.

What all these objects, both local and national, have in common is that they represent something much bigger than themselves. The blue Aquasctum suit isn't just any piece of eighties fashion, it's the suit worn by Margaret Thatcher for her official Downing Street portrait.

The Lancaster bomber 'City of Lincoln' from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight represents not only the role played by Lincolnshire in the greatest conflict of all time, but is also a flying memorial to the men of Bomber Command who died. And going back in time, the tombstone found in Lincoln represents the part we played in the massive Roman Empire.

Get involved with A History of the World

You can look at all these objects through the 'A History of the World' website, but it goes much further than that. Everyone has something on the mantlepiece, in the attic or at the back of a drawer which has a story to it, and the chances are that story forms a tiny piece of the whole A History of the World story.

We want you to photograph your object, write a little bit about it, and put it on the website with everything else. The result - the biggest virtual museum ever made!

The other Lincolnshire objects are: the World War One tank "Flirt" (in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life), Captain John Franklin's snowshoes, the bugle which sounded the Charge of the Light Brigade, an 11th century papal seal, a badge from the Sir Joseph Banks Almshouses, a medieval wool weight, and a painting of "The Quadrille" by 19th century Lincoln artist William Warrener - all to be found in The Collection in Lincoln.

Find out how to put objects onto the website, and look at the Lincolnshire objects by visiting:

You can also see the main site here:



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