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A History of the World: how to add your own object

Objects excavated at Angel Meadow

The BBC and The British Museum have joined forces to build a digital museum of world history.

AT the heart of the project is the A History of the World website, where users can explore 100 objects from the British Museum collections.

Museums and galleries from across Greater Manchester have submitted ten of their own objects, each telling a history of the world from a local perspective.

In addition, members of the public are being encouraged to submit photos of their own objects that may have an historical significance.

Make History: how to add your own object

Types of object

We're looking for ordinary objects with extraordinary stories or local and global resonance. For example:

  • objects that tell the history of people and places in Greater Manchester;
  • objects that went on to have a global significance (e.g. an item from the Industrial Revolution);
  • archaeological objects discovered in this region eg. Roman altar;
  • objects of trade exported from or imported to Greater Manchester;
  • objects brought to this county from other parts of the world;
  • objects brought to this county by visitors/migrants that tell a story beyond the UK;
  • objects that tell stories of events of global significance (e.g. a war, election, coronation or a protest movement);
  • objects that describe the daily lives of past communities.

How to add an object

1. Register with BBC Identity at https://id.bbc.co.uk/users/register

2. Go to A History of the World and click on the 'Add Your Object' button;

A bonbonniere or sweet box from Manchester Art Gallery
A bonbonniere or sweet box once owned by a Manchester merchant

3. Fill out the uploader form. You'll need a decent digital image (jpg) of the object 1MB+ in size. Write as much as you know about the object - where it comes from, size, colour, theme, culture. Press 'Submit'.

4. A moderator will check your content, and provided it meets House Rules, it will be added to the site. [Content will only be rejected if it breaks taste and decency guidelines OR if there is reason to doubt the ownership or reproduction right]

5. Each object will have its own page, including a comments thread. Contributors will come back and add comments to their page.

Your profile page

Each contributor, whether an organisation or member of the public, will be given a profile page that will show all the objects uploaded and comments made by that contributor. Each object page will include a link back to this profile page.

Terms & Conditions

You will sign up to the BBC's terms and conditions when you register on the site. The full terms can be found at bbc.co.uk/terms but the headlines are:

  • You promise to abide by the BBC House Rules;
  • You retain copyright of your content, but give the BBC the right to publish;
  • The BBC can share the content of A History of the World with trusted partners for other projects (e.g. the Cultural Olympiad);
  • The contributor must have proper title and the right to reproduce the object he/she is uploading.


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