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A History of the World: Norfolk shepherd's hut honoured

Ian MacDonald has converted a shepherd's hut into an art studio

A 19th Century Norfolk shepherd's hut has been chosen as one of the top 10 artefacts to be submitted to the BBC's A History of the World project.

Owned by Ian Macdonald, 49, from Barford near Norwich, it played a part in the agricultural revolution, but later became home to an Austrian PoW.

Ian has since restored the hut into an art studio for his wife.

"Embedded in the hut's roof, the entire history of the hut is written down," said Ian.

Ian's object was selected as one of the most unique man-made artefacts to be submitted to A History of the World through the BBC's 45 local websites.


Others to make the top 10 include an opium pipe from Cornwall, a World War II wrist watch from Suffolk and a coal mine token from Wiltshire.

"The public's response to A History of the World at a local level has far exceeded our hopes," said Craig Henderson, head of programmes for BBC English Regions.

"These latest objects are as intriguing as the stories they tell," he added.

If your man-made object could help tell A History of the World, submit it via the project's website.

See all submitted objects from Norfolk here.


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