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Which 100 objects define Buckinghamshire?

Celebrities have already had their say for the new project.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:50am 21st May 2020. (Updated at 4:02pm 22nd May 2020) 4-minute read.

Which 100 objects define Buckinghamshire?

From the lions of Aylesbury's Market Square, to a pint of Chiltern Brewery ale, we're being asked to pick the 100 objects which define Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire Culture has already had nominations from well-known residents like Denise Lewis, Gabby Logan and the Blairs.

Now they are asking for our favourites.

The story of Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon manor
Waddesdon Manor has been put forward

Find out what Denise Lewis, Tony and Cherie Blair, Gabby Logan, Sir Clive Woodward, Dr Michael Mosely and Rachael Shimmin all chose and nominate your own objects here.

Buckinghamshire Culture say the county has an amazing collection of artefacts dating back over 300,000 years held in Museums, stores, archives, National Trust properties, sports venues, landscapes and gardens across the county.  

Taken together these objects tell the story of Buckinghamshire, but the Museum say there are even more objects which help to define us and tell our story that are not part of these collections - many of these might be sitting in our high streets, riverbanks or in people's work places, or even our hospitals.  

Lenborough Hoard
The Lenborough Hoard could be one of the 100 objects

What's the plan?

This online campaign is a response to Covid-19, but also feeds into a larger project idea to develop the story of Bucks in 100 Objects.

Eventually, they will create an exhibition, publication, county trails and a website sharing the wonderful objects and heritage that can be found across Bucks.  

But for now, the Museum want to use this idea to develop connection, a sense of community and local pride.  

In response to Lockdown, they want to start the process of sharing, discussing and nominating objects online via social media.  

This is chance to share favourite objects and aspects of Buckinghamshire's history, as well as what you like about living here, and the reasons that you are proud of Bucks.

Bill Morris, Buckinghamshire Culture Co-Chair said:

"The difficult times we're all coping with offer us the opportunity to reflect on where we live.  And most of us would agree that we're extremely fortunate to be here in Buckinghamshire.

"But what makes it so special, and how can we best tell its story?  We want the people that live here to help define 100 Objects from around the county that sum up what Bucks and its people stand for."

To follow the campaign, see #Bucks100 on Twitter and Instagram.

If you have an object that you wish to nominate...

Takster Mural - Geometric Waterfall
Takster Mural - Geometric Waterfall is a mural in High Wycombe

Email nominations directly to: culture@buckscountymuseum.org - each nomination must include:

  • An image or a video of the object that you feel is important to Buckinghamshire's story - ideally images should be 1080 x 1920 pixels and no bigger than 4MB,
  • Up to 500 words providing a description of the object, what Buckinghamshire means to you, and why this object is important, this will be posted on the website with your object image.  

To be considered as one of the 100 objects, nominations must be for:

  • Physical objects within Bucks
  • Objects that hold some kind of heritage, cultural or community value
  • Be available to be photographed/videoed if not actually on display

Buckinghamshire Culture is a new cultural partnership formed to drive forward the Cultural Strategy for the county, aiming to work together with the sector and stakeholders to shape, build and celebrate a bright cultural future for Buckinghamshire.  

This micro-project is part of much bigger plans to develop a range of county-wide creative and cultural projects for Buckinghamshire as part of the Buckinghamshire Cultural Strategy. 

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