A History of the World How to add your object

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Tech guru Bill Thompson explains how you can upload an object you own to A History of the World.


This is quick, free and easy, and will mean, as well as adding objects to A History of the World, you will be able to contribute comments on blogs and message boards, and to a range of BBC community services.

Register by clicking on the Register link in the top right hand corner of this page. You will need to choose a Username (something you will find easy to remember), a 'Display name' (your name or the name of your organisation) and a password. You should also add an email address.

If you forget your username there is no way of finding it again. This means you will not be able to sign in and make changes to your object pages - so write your username down somewhere. Also, make sure your username is something you don't mind other visitors on the site seeing as it will be visible in the URL of your Profile Page.

The email address will not appear on the site - it is so you can request your password if you forget it and can receive notifications when your content is moderated. It will also mean we can contact you if we'd like to feature your object in more depth in programmes or print features.


If you are registering for a school taking part in The Relic Challenge, you need to include the name of the school in both the Username and the Display name.

Know the Rules!

All contributions to A History of the World must follow the rules for BBC communities.

There are specific rules for A History of the World site - Contributors must own the object that is being uploaded and it must be man made. Nobody under 16 must upload to the site (an guardian, family member, teacher or carer must upload on behalf of young people) but there are also additional rules covering the site.

Add your object to the site

Once you've registered and signed in to the site, you're ready to add your object, so click the yellow button in the banner.

You will need a decent digital picture of your object on your computer, ideally in a .jpg format. Your image must be under 2MB. Put it onto your computer in a place you can find it easily. When you are prompted to 'browse' for your object, find this folder, and click on 'Open' in the computer dialogue box.

Now fill in the rest of the form. Describe the object and its history - where the object came from, when it was made, its colour and size. You can also add links to other sites. When you are ready, click the Submit button at the bottom of the form.

A moderator will check your object and, provided it doesn't break the House Rules, it will be published to the site. Each object has its own object page, and each contributor their own Profile page showing all their objects. You can find your objects by signing in and clicking on MyProfilee in the banner. You can edit your objects at any time or sign in and add more objects, at any time.

Make a comment

You don't have to add an object to get involved - you could say something about someone else's object. Anyone can add a comment. You just need to register. If you have registered to add an object you can use the same registration to comment.

Comment on any object on the site by going to the object page and scrolling to the comments section at the bottom. If you are signed in, just type into the textbox. Otherwise click on the link to sign in or register.

Your first few comments will need to be approved by the moderators, but after that your comments will go straight on the site.

Follow the project

Come back and add more objects - use the same log in each time. Browse all the objects on the site and watch the collection grow.

Follow news about the project on the blog or on facebook by becoming a fan.

Add a badge to your own website that links back to your Profile page, so your friends can see your objects.

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