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

Does your collection include a revolutionary object, painting or manuscript?

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

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Waterloo200 is working with Culture24, the University of Kent and the Historical Association to create The Age of Revolution – an exciting resource and programme of activity for teachers, children and young people, exploring revolutions of the past and connecting them to our lives today. Combining wide-ranging cultural and heritage collections with the latest digital technologies, historical research and expertise in teaching and learning, The Age of Revolution will look to engage over 2000 schools across the UK.

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.

We are currently creating a bank of high quality images of collections items, which will be housed on the Age of Revolution website as a central resource for teaching and learning about the period. The image bank will be supported by information, films and curriculum-linked materials for primary, secondary and post-16 teachers. This definitive resource will include objects, paintings, songs, letters, manuscripts, prints and drawings representing the lives of a diverse range of men, women and children.

We want to include collection items from as many different regions across the UK as possible. If your institution has a great ‘revolutionary’ object, painting, letter, song or other item that can help bring this period to life please do get in touch (details below). 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 and explores themes of:
• Political revolution – the French and American revolutions; ideas and democracy
• War & the international order – the changing world map; slavery and the Haitian revolution; American and Napoleonic wars
• Social & cultural revolution – universal rights, equality and freedoms; arts and religion; riots and reforms
• Economic & technological revolution – science, inventions and medicine; movement of people and goods; working conditions and everyday lives
And how these themes connect to the lives of men, women and children living in the UK today.

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 the collections items be used?

Your collection item will be included as a high quality digital image, as part of a collective ‘image bank’ on the Age of Revolution website. For an idea of how this will appear, please see our current collection of objects about the Battle of Waterloo: waterloo200.org/200-objects

The object 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 your 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 (with your permission), including a small number in 3D.

Will the item be credited to my collection?

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

How should I suggest a collection item?

Please fill in the form below, remembering to include your item’s name and date along with one or two sentences telling us why it’s ‘revolutionary’, as well as an image or image link if you have one.

Please also include your contact details. We will contact you before any items are included as part of the Age of Revolution online collection.

Age of Revolution Suggestion form

If you have any questions email Anna Husband at anna(at)annahusband.com

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