A History of the World - ordinary objects with extraordinary stories
A History of the World is a new project cataloguing objects and artefacts that tell the story of the world we live in.
Starting with museums across the UK, objects with historical significance will be photographed and indexed in an online digital museum.
You can then join in by adding your own items to the website at home, or at one of our events, and help us to build an interactive timeline.
Find out about events happening locally and how to get involved below.
BBC Newcastle, BBC Tyne and BBC Wear are telling the history of the region through 20 objects selected by museums in the North East.
How to add objects to the website
First you need to register and create a BBC identity.
This is quick and free to do and means that, as well as adding objects to the A History of the World (AHOTW) website, you will be able to contribute comments on blogs and message boards.
Once you have registered you can begin uploading the photo of your object.
Click on the "Make History - Add Your Object" button that is at the top right of each page on the AHOTW site.
Tell us which BBC Local area you are contributing from and provide us with a good digital picture of your object in a .jpg format.
Fill in the details required and don't forget to tell us the object's story - you will have up to 150 words for this.
Not sure if we'd be interested in your object?
Don't worry, we have some guidance on the type of object we are after, so check to see if yours falls into one of the following categories:
• Objects that tell the history of people and places
• Objects from your area that went on to have global significance
• Objects found in your area through excavation
• Objects of trade that have been both exported from and imported to your area
• Objects brought back by local people from other parts of the world
• Objects that were brought to this country by visitors/migrants from other places and that tell the story of events and communities beyond the UK
• Objects that tell stories of events that have a global significance - a war, an election, a coronation, a World Cup final, a strike or a protest movement
• Objects that describe the daily lives of communities of past times with reference to the criteria above
If you need any more guidance check out the
A History of the World website,
or attend one of the BBC events.