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A History of the World: Manchester

Montage of objects from Manchester
The ten objects from museum collections in Greater Manchester

A compass used in a PoW escape, a railway station sundial and part of the world's first commercial computer: objects that tell a history of Manchester and its place in the world.

BBC Manchester and museums across Greater Manchester can reveal the 10 objects they have chosen to tell a history of Manchester and its place in the world.


The objects are part of the wider A History of the World project, a unique partnership between the BBC, the British Museum and 350 museums and institutions across the country.

Director of The Manchester Museum, Dr Nick Merriman said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about where they live through objects connected to Manchester's development and its place in the world."

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.

History of the World events

During February half-term, there is a guided walk which will tell the story of the ten objects.

The free walk will take place at 11am and 2pm, every day from Monday 15 February to Sunday 21 February inclusive.

Each walk will take approximately two hours, beginning at the Museum of Science and Industry on Liverpool Road, Manchester and finishing at the Manchester Museum on Oxford Road.

The Manchester Museum will also be hosting a special 'A History of the World Big Saturday' on Saturday 24 April.


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