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Suffolk's A History of the World
A replica of the Anglo saxon Helmet from Sutton Hoo
The reconstructed Sutton Hoo helmet is an iconic Anglo Saxon image

BBC Suffolk is using 10 objects from the county's museums to tell some fascinating stories from our history.

It's part of the BBC's year-long project called A History of the World (AHOW) being run with the British Museum.

We'll be exploring Suffolk's international influence and sharing the tales of how global artefacts have found their way to the county.

You can be part of it by uploading your own personal objects to the A History of the World website.

Suffolk's chosen objects

Suffolk's 10 items have been selected to give both a spread throughout history and across the county, where many museums are run by dedicated teams of volunteers.

Ipswich Museum's Jayne Austin helped with the selection process:

"There are over 40 museums in Suffolk, so it was quite a task to find just 10 items to focus on.

"It's the stories that connect the objects to people's understanding of them. When you find out where it came from, who used it, the connections between different individuals, that's what becomes amazing.

"Ipswich Museum is the largest in the county, but there are many small independent and volunteer run museums which are treasure troves.

"Felixstowe Museum, which is next to Landguard Fort - it's like a Tardis when you go in there!"

Throughout 2010, there will be coverage online and on BBC Radio Suffolk.

One of the participants, Ipswich Transport Museum, is celebrating trolleybus no. 2.

Ipswich trolley bus number 2 at the Ipswich Transport Museum
Ipswich Transport Museum's trolleybus no.2 was built in 1923

"History doesn't stop," said Peter Bannister, chair of the museum. "What we're trying to do is demonstrate how all forms of transport have changed over the years.

"We believe it's the oldest complete trolley bus on display in the world.

"We're really proud to have this as part of the BBC's project."

Ancient settlements

The series of A History of the World features on BBC Radio Suffolk starts by exploring the stories of the Anglo-Saxons, with a bead necklace from the Hadleigh Road grave.

Then we'll turn towards East Bergholt and look at a painting of John Constable's father's kitchen garden, a personal piece of work made shortly after the artist's mother had died and his father was seriously ill.

In Newmarket, we'll hear stories of Prince Monolulu, the flamboyant tipster whose jackets are on display at the National Horseracing Museum.

One of the many treasures at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket is a Ransomes plough. From having just one employee in 1789 the company became a global brand.

Suffolk's links to China are one of the themes connected with a set of portable Chinese opium scales from the 1850s. They were brought to Halesworth Museum by a local family running a tea producing company.

Travelling much further back in time to ancient Egypt and the mask of Titos Demetrios at Ipswich Museum gives us a face from the past to explore how people adapt to other cultures (Titos was a Roman).

In Bury St Edmunds, the Suffolk Regiment Museum boasts a regimental drum with a fascinating story of survival ... and eBay!

The changing face of Ipswich waterfront is reflected in the Valerie Irwin drawings of the demolition of Cranfields Mill.

The final object is a stark image of an electric shock treatment machine from Felixstowe Museum which was used at St Audry's Asylum in Melton.

Sutton Hoo tops the British Museum's list

The original Sutton Hoo ship
The British Museum took over the dig at Sutton Hoo from local archeologists

As well as our own specially selected objects, Suffolk's Anglo Saxon discovery at Sutton Hoo has been picked by the British Museum.

A History of the World In 100 Objects is written and narrated by the British Museum's director, Neil MacGregor, and produced by BBC Radio 4.

Each week of programmes will be tied to a particular theme, such as "after the ice age" or "meeting the gods".

Objects have been selected to cover the broadest possible chronological and geographical period from two million years ago to the present day.

The 100 programmes will be broadcast in three tranches throughout 2010, starting on 18 January.

How to add your object to the site

1. Register on the BBC and create your BBC Identity.

This is quick, free and easy, and will mean, as well as adding objects to AHOW, you will be able to contribute comments on blogs, message boards and to a range of BBC community services.

The email address will not appear on the site - it's only so you can request your password if you forget it and can get notifications when your content is moderated.

It will also mean we can contact you if we'd like to feature your object on our programmes or website.

Please note that if you forget your username there is no way of finding it again. This means you will not be able to sign in and make changes to your object pages - so write your username down somewhere.

Make sure your username is something you don't mind other visitors on the site seeing as this will be visible in the URL of your Profile Page.

It could be the name of your organisation, society or your own name.

This is an adult site, and contributors must be 16 or over to join. No registration or contributions must be recommended to users under 16.

Activity on the site by users under 16 must be mediated by a parent, carer, family member or teacher.

For more information on registering on the BBC visit BBC iD Help.

2. Uploading your object

Once you've registered on the A History of the World site, you should click on the 'Add an Object' button - this is on the top navigation bar of each page on the site.

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 will be the right size and quality.

• Write 150 words that explain where the object came from and why you're adding it to a museum of world history.

• 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.

3. Then what happens?

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

Once the moderation team has approved the content, it will be published to the site and you will receive an email to let you know. Each object will have a page on the website.

All contributors to the site will also have a Profile Page which will group all your contributions together.

4. Come back regularly to upload more objects, read entries on the blog and add comments to the site object pages and blog features.

Terms of adding content to the site

Contributors retain copyright of the photo and text they contribute to the BBC, but they give the BBC a non-exclusive right to use it.

Contributors can carry on using their work, but they also give the BBC, and trusted third parties, the right to use it too.

Read more about terms and conditions by visiting BBC User Generated Content FAQ .

Contributions to A History of the World must be the property of the contributor, or the contributor must have the right to use it.

It must not be defamatory in any way, have been procured through illegal means or break any law.

Read more information about BBC Terms of Use .

Rules for objects

When you add an object to A History of the World it must abide by both rules for BBC communities and the rules below. The BBC reserves the right to remove from the site objects that break any of these rules.

  • Objects added to the website must be owned by the contributor
  • Objects must be man-made - i.e. no animals, no people, 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 itself 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, photograph or other work of art without the artist's permission
  • Photographs - people in the photograph should be happy for you to add these to the site
  • Books - keep the covers closed
  • Letters - photographs of these can be included, but contact details such as addresses should be obscured and you should have the right to include these
  • All contributors must be over 16 years old. 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, 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 HOTW website cannot be used to help advertise any goods for sale or auction
  • All contributions must be written in English

All objects will be moderated in accordance with these rules, but neither the BBC nor the British Museum is responsible for the accuracy of any information relating to an object added to this site by a contributor.




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