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Preview: A History of the World shows Norfolk treasures
Seahenge, Norfolk
You may not own Seahenge, but your artefact could benefit world knowledge

Do you have any forgotten artefacts at home, perhaps in the shed or the loft, that could help explain mankind?

The BBC and the British Museum are looking to explain the History of the World since man took his first steps on Earth, and you can help in Norfolk.

If you have an object that you own, is man-made and you think has a wide historical significance, you can upload your objects to A History of the World.

Ten local artefacts have been noted for their importance by Norfolk museums.

Varying across all ages, media and geographical area, they were selected by the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service for their significance in explaining the evolution of mankind from as far back as 700,000 years ago.


Have a browse through the objects featured in Norfolk and throughout the UK and if you think you own something special that you believe the world needs to know about, then get in touch with A History of the World.

All you need to do is take a photo of your artefact and tell us about its origins.

Objects added to the website must be owned by the contributor
Objects must be man-made - i.e. no fossils etc.
Objects should have a wider historical significance than simply a personal connection. Avoid adding family photos, diaries, letters or postcards, unless the object has a historical story - e.g. the letter was posted from the Titanic
Photos of the object must not break any copyrights - i.e. you cannot upload a reproduction of a painting or other work of art without the artist's permission
All contributors must be over 16. If you are under 16, ask a parent or teacher to register and add your object for you
Objects must have been acquired by legal means and the owner must be lawfully entitled to keep them. Objects must not have been looted or taken from archaeological sites, or received through illegal export or import
Objects recovered from land in the UK may be added to the website only if they have been lawfully reported as treasure under the Treasure Act 1996, or they have been reported to the local finds liaison officer under the Portable Antiquities Scheme
Fakes or forgeries are only allowed where they are clearly identified as such in the accompanying text
The website cannot be used to help advertise any goods for sale
All contributions must be written in English

Contributors to the History of the World website will need to register with the BBC. This is a quick, free and easy process.

It will involve choosing a username and password, that will be required each time you sign in.

These details are unique and need to be kept safe. They should also be something that you don't mind other site users seeing as it will be used in your profile.

• You can register by clicking here.

• For more information on registering with the BBC go here.

• For A History of the World terms and conditions visit here.

Once registered, visit A History of the World in Norfolk and click on 'Add an Object'.

You'll need to tell us which BBC Local area you're contributing from and have a decent digital picture of your object on your computer. You're then ready to fill out the Uploader form and tell us about your object.

• Choose an image [it needs to be a JPG and around 1MB]

• Write 150 words to explain where the object came from and why you're adding it

• Complete the title, and select the classifications such as Culture, Size and Theme

Once you've completed this form, press 'Submit'. You've now added your object to the site.

The site will be checked by the company which moderates all of the BBC's content. All objects added to the site will be renewed before they can be seen by the public.

Once the moderation team has approved the content, it will then be published to BBC Norfolk's History of the World page and you will receive an e-mail to let you know. Each object will have its own individual page detailing what it is and how it helps explain the history of mankind.

All contributors to the site will also have a profile page.

For more information about A History of the World visit here.

Look at A History of the World in Norfolk and understand how Norfolk's top 10 artefacts were chosen.


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