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20 October 2014
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The Relic Challenge

During the Autumn term of 2010, schools were invited to join the A History of the World project by taking part in The Relic Challenge*. It was a campaign to encourage schools to learn history through objects.

Teachers asked their classes to bring in man-made objects from home and then chose up to five objects to upload to the A History of the World website. Judges from the BBC and museum partners then selected 20 schools objects for a series of programmes for BBC Radio 7.

You can listen again to The Relic Challenge on The 4 O'clock show with 1 object each day starting on 9 January 2012.

Listen to the twenty final programmes now.

Some stories from A History of the World



Watch pupils from Manchester learning about history through objects, and selecting their own objects for 'A History of the World'.


Edith Bowman tells the story about her granddad's flat cap.


* The Relic Challenge is now closed for entries.



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