Battle for the museums! Institutions from around the world show off their ‘star objects’ including a Viking sock and 2,000-year-old coins in an impromptu social media contest
- Museums all over the world have competed for who has the best object
- Ranging from the world’s oldest football to a Viking sock or 2000 year old coins
- The Yorkshire Museum started the worldwide search on Twitter last week
Museums around the world have competed for which institution has the best ‘star object’, from the world’s oldest football to a Viking sock.
The Yorkshire Museum, which has entertained fans with #CuratorBattles during lockdown, started the hunt on Twitter last week and started the search with its own contribution – an eighth century Anglo-Saxon helmet.
Submissions from other curators around the world, collected by Bored Panda, also included 2000 year old Celtic coins and Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit.
Here FEMAIL reveals a selection of the ‘Star Objects’ shared online …
The Yorkshire Museum started the search for the best object on Twitter last week and started the search with its own contribution: an eighth century Anglo-Saxon helmet (above). The museum said it is ‘the most refined and complete museum in all of Europe’
The Stirling Smith Museum unveiled the world’s oldest football for its star object. It was kicked into the rafters of Stirling Castle in the 1540s when footballs were known in Scotland as ‘futballis’. It stayed there until its discovery in 1981, ‘explains the curator
The St Neots Museum in Cambridgeshire presented 67 Celtic coins which are said to be about 2000 years old
The Jorvik Viking Center in York said the Viking sock was their ‘star object’. “ It may be modest knitwear, but it took a remarkable 1,000 years, ” the establishment said in a Twitter post
The Royal Armories Museum, located in Leeds, shared this object. The post read, ‘We can give you priceless princely armor, elephant displays, or stunning swords that pop out of our eyeballs, but they’re not what keeps gamblers coming back year after year. No, it’s these 500 year old postal pants’
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum, located in Wapakoneta, Ohio, took part in the search and offered Neil Armstrong’s A7-L Apollo 11 spacesuit as the star object (photo)
The British Library in London shared a photo of the Gutenberg Bible (1455). It was one of the first major books to be printed in Europe using mass-produced loose metal fonts
This watch belonged to Titanic Steward Sidney Sedunary. Southampton City Council Cultural Services revealed: ‘On April 15, 1912, Sidney carried it in his pocket. It stopped at ten to two, about half an hour before the Titanic sank. Sidney’s body and watch were found a few days later ‘
Leeds University Library Galleries boasted ‘All four of Shakespeare’s Folios. #sorrynotsorry for bringing out the big guns, ‘the trustee said
York Mansion House entered the quest with this 15th-century item, the Sigismund Sword, which belonged to the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund. When he died in 1437, it fell into the hands of Henry Hanslap, who donated it to the city of York
National museums Scotland shared a moment of this chess piece, explaining: ‘Our #StarObject must be our Lewis chess piece queen summing up what lockdown feels like’
Durham-based Northern Archaeological Associates presented to the competition an intact egg-shaped glass flask (photo) found in the coffin of a fourth-century adult male.