The museums of Bath have drawn inspiration from the BBC and nominated the most significant objects in their collections to produce a localised version of the broadcaster’s History of the World in 100 Objects.
The items will all feature in a new digital museum hosted on Visit Bath that will tell the story of the people of Bath and their achievements, as well as show how the spa city has evolved from Roman times to present day.
Museums in Bath have so far chosen 99 of the 100 objects and members of the public are being invited to name the final object. The winner will be announced at the end of 2011 as part of The Year of the Museum, a campaign that involves all 17 museums in the city.
Visit Bath is asking for suggestions for the final object to be emailed to 100 Objects, along with any images and reasons why it should be included.
One of the 99 chosen by a varied and independent panel is the famous Royal Crescent itself and the sacred hot spring that has played such a pivotal role in Bath’s story. The chosen objects also range from a Bath chair and a wig scratcher to the telescope used to discover Uranus.
Robin Bischert, Chief Executive, Bath Tourism Plus, said the aim of the project was not solely to chronicle the history of Bath, but to “highlight some of the treasures on display in the city’s museums”.
Bath Tourism Plus has co-ordinated the Year of the Museum, a period that sees the re-opening of the Holburne Museum in May and the completion of major investment programmes at the American Museum in Britain and the Roman Baths.
Over the past five years, more than £20 million has been invested in restoring and redeveloping the trio of museums.
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