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Up Close

detail of mechanism with ropes and pulleys

All of our objects have been designed, made and used by human beings throughout history and are from a diverse range of countries and cultures across the world. This online exhibition uses specially commissioned macro photography to show 26 objects up close, highlighting the impact that human hands have had on their design, decoration and damage. Go beyond what it is possible to see with the naked eye behind a glass case. Notice the pride in a maker's mark, the focus, commitment and skill needed to create intricate decoration and the scuffs, scrapes and scratches from years of use.

Heritage Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players

 The closer you look the more you appreciate that these objects are the product of centuries of human endeavour.

This exhibition has been made possible with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund which is helping us use digital to explore our collection in new and exciting ways for audiences.