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History - History in the making online

Schools are being encouraged to seek out objects of historical significance and upload images and information on them to create an online digital museum.

The BBC is asking the question: what histories can be told through our objects?

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, is retelling the history of humanity through these objects in his Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 Objects.

As well as the programme, there is a website showing more objects from across the UK's museum collections. Individuals and groups will also be able to upload images of objects of historical significance - whether it is a family heirloom or a statue in the local community.

There are already 60 artefacts chosen by Scottish museums available on BBC Local. Edinburgh's Museum on the Mound has contributed the earliest surviving Scottish banknote; East Lothian museums have uploaded images of a beaker found at a Bronze Age burial site in Haddington; and the British Golf Museum in St Andrews has added the first gold medal presented to an Open Championship winner - Tom Morris in 1872.

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