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Be part of A History of the World

Museums across Scotland have taken part and you can too

Work has been ongoing to find objects which capture the history of the world.

The BBC, British Museum and museums across the country have been working together and you can get involved.

Objects have been selected by the museums which tell stories and make connections locally and across the globe.

The first set of objects were unveiled on Monday, 18 January.

The artefacts tell the story of their makers, different owners, the journeys they have undergone and the changes in meaning or function across time and space.

Darien to Dolly

Replica of Kirkpatrick MacMillan's first bicycle
Kirkpatrick MacMillan invented the bicycle

There are 10 objects from museums in the South Scotland region.

Kirkpatrick Macmillan was a blacksmith who fitted planks to a hobby horse, thereby inventing the first bicycle.

In 1842 he set out on a 130 mile trip from Drumlanrig estate to visit his brothers in Glasgow. Along the way he impressing the crowds who had gathered to watch him pass, unfortunately knocking down a young girl in the Gorbals.

Robert Burns cravat pin is a polished agate pebble which Burns discovered at Braemar and had set into a pin when he returned to Edinburgh.

The Levi Strauss and Co Trophy was awarded to Jim Clark in 1965 for winning the Indianapolis 500.

See more of the collection at the A History of the World website.

TV and radio

Alongside the landmark Radio 4 series on the project, you can learn more about the objects already in the collection on BBC TV and local radio.

Throughout January and February, The Radio Cafe on Radio Scotland will be discussing some of the objects selected by the museums in Scotland, both the story behind each object and the issues it opens up.

Later in the year, Radio Scotland's Past Lives will also feature objects nominated by you.

Add your object

Cravat pin
Robert Burns' cravat pin was given to Mrs William Smith in by his widow

You can be part of this by contributing to what could be the world's biggest digital museum.

Add your object and help us tell A History of the World.

If you have an artefact which shows the connection between your area and the wider world, maybe it's something of importance to your community or which shows how lives have changed, go to the website where you can add your suggestion to the collection.

Take a photo, upload it to the website and add a brief description. You'll receive confirmation that your object has been added to the collection. Go to A History of the World website for more details.

What will you add?

Some well-known personalities have now added their object including Hardeep Singh Kohli and David Attenborough. Hardeep chose a painting by Scottish artist Tony Scullion that has links to his Scottish and Indian heritage.

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