February 7th, 2010
|09:26 am - You've Done Too Much, Much Too Young|
You may have heard of the British Museum/BBC project A History of the World in 100 objects.
Each week of programmes will be tied to a particular theme, such as ‘after the ice age’ or ‘meeting the gods’. Objects have been selected to cover the broadest possible chronological and geographical period, and tell a history of the world from two million years ago to the present day. The 100 programmes will be broadcast in three tranches throughout 2010.
The Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry is doing an off-shoot 'ten objects' project. This exhibit will be launched on the 31st March.
The ten objects are:
The first safety bike
Coventry Strasse sign
original lyrics sheet for Too Much too Young
Rugby's atomic clock
The first rugby ball
The Waverley flint axe
Frank Whittle's jet engine
William Shakespeare's seal ring
The Sheldon tapestry
The museum have asked my poetry group to create a poem for each of the objects, to be performed on the night the exhibition opens. I think I am going to try Too Much Too Young and the Hand Axe. I've never really tried to write to a commission before, so it might all go horribly wrong.
Good luck with writing the commissions! I like the ones you've picked - I hope you enjoy the experience of writing about them.
Thanks, it's exciting. I wanted to be able to see and touch the exhibits in advance, but we can't see them until the night they are unveiled.
That's a brilliant project, and I really like your selections. Good luck!
Thank you. I don't think anyone else wanted to do the lyrics - they are all either too old or too young ('Who are the Specials?')
Thanks. I will share if I can. If I end up with anything bearable.
This is an exciting project and I look forward to reading more about it!
Thanks. It's a nice idea and I hope they are doing similar things all over the country.
Cool! Will it be open to the public! Would love to come to that! I've really enjoyed the radio stuff on this.
Yes, it will be a public event, that I will be remorselessly promoting :-)
I've enjoyed what I've heard of the radio programmes, but I hadn't realised that there were regional things happening, too. That's a great project to be involved with - and lovely that your group has been asked.
I like your choices - very different, but both with lots of scope. I hope you enjoy writing the poems.
I hadn't realised either. I'm not sure how coventry's ten things relate to the 100 things. But it's nice to be peripherally involved.
An excellent project. Good luck with your part in it!
I'm going to be utterly predictable here and say, "\o/ A bike is one of the ten things!"
It sounds like a marvelous exhibition, and the BBC production that inspired it--well! I just spent 15 minutes staring in fascination at the web-of-ideas website for it. Wonderful stuff.
Yes - Coventry was a bike-manufacturing town before the war, and I think that was because it was a clock-manufacturing town before that, so there was experience and equipment to make gears and wheels.