18th January 2010 - 10 objects tell a history of Wiltshire and the world

On 18th January 2010 a list of objects from Wiltshire Museums was chosen purporting to ‘tell a history of Wiltshire and its place in the world’.

This complemented the BBC series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’.

To be honest, I found the Wiltshire list of 10 objects more interesting than the BBC series, which I couldn’t quite get on with.

The 10 objects chosen were[1]:

1) Windmill Hill (Neolithic) pot, Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury

2) Bush Barrow Gold Lozenge, Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes

3) Walrus Ivory Chess Piece, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

4) The Salisbury Giant, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

5) A handwritten copy of Thomas Hilliker’s last letter, Trowbridge Museum

6) Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s walking stick, STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon

7) A Chinese Emperor’s Robe, The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury

8) Fanny Williams’ Football Boots, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

9) Bolt mechanism from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury

10) Bacon cooker, used for making ‘Bath chaps’ at the Royal Wiltshire Bacon Company, Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

Footnotes

[1] A History of the World | Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

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