a photo of an old banner with the words Liberty and Fraternity across it

A banner carried at St Peter’s Field in Manchester on August 16 1819, during the ‘Peterloo Massacre’. As featured in the Waterloo 200 Objects. Courtesy Touchstones Rochdale

 

Can you suggest a great item from a museum, gallery or private collection to add to our Revolutionary collection?

One that can tell a story of new ideas, change, uprising, invention?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

 

The Age of Revolution focuses on the period 1775 – 1848, a time of extraordinary political, social, economic, technological and intellectual change. It saw the French and American revolutions, violent wars and decolonisation around the globe; industrial and printing revolutions, the birth of the railways and major advances in medicine and science in Britain; as well as Chartism, the abolition of slavery, the beginnings of feminism, communism and the suffrage movements – and much more. All of which still impacts on our lives today.

Our Revolutionary collection brings together collections items from museums and galleries across the UK, representing the people, events and ideas of this extraordinary period. We want to include examples from as many different regions as possible and welcome suggestions from schools, museums, galleries, collectors and anyone with an interest in the period. If you know of a great ‘revolutionary’ object, painting, letter, song or other item that can help bring the Age of Revolution to life please do get in touch.

Whether it’s large or small, bright and shiny, dark and mysterious, internationally recognised or hidden away and unknown, we would love to hear from you!

 

FAQs

What historical themes does the Age of Revolution include?

The Age of Revolution focuses on the period 1775 – 1848. The table shows the range of topics and themes covered:

A table showing the key themes of the project.

 

What sort of collections items are you looking for?

As wide a selection as possible! They can be objects, paintings, songs, letters, manuscripts, prints, drawings, letters, tickets, journals…

 

How will each collections item be used?

It will be included as a high quality digital image, as part of our Revolutionary collection.

The images will be primarily used as a resource for primary and secondary schools to support teaching and learning about the period and will need to be licensed for Educational use.

A small number of items will be photographed by us in 3D (with the owner’s permission!), and used to support 3D printing and other digital making projects.

 

Does the collection item need to have been digitised already?

Ideally yes. But we can also photograph some items, including a small number in 3D.

 

Will the item be credited to the owner’s collection?

Yes. Each item will be carefully credited with the name and geo-location of the collection it belongs to.

 

What if I don’t know where the item comes from?

No problem – we welcome all suggestions, especially if it’s something you think will help with teaching and learning. Just tell us what you’d like to see in the collection and we’ll try and track it down.

 

Please contact Anna Husband if you have any questions anna@annahusband.com

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