Stories of the World projects are now underway, working with over 1,500 young people to explore collections and tell their stories.


China in the East

An exhibition exploring the rich Chinese collections of museums in the eastern region as well as new media inspired by these objects. Epping Forest District Museum, free, until September 2012.

The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China

An exhibition taking you into the 2,000-year-old tombs of Han Dynasty China, revealing an epic story of lust for power both in life and death. The Fitzwilliam Museum, free, until October 2012.

Treasures of China

An exhibition showcasing 70 of the treasures in Nanjing Museum, the second largest museum in China. Colchester Castle, £6.25/£4, until January 2013.

East Midlands

Dress the World: Living in Silk

An exhibition of outstanding silk garments, accessories and textiles from the 5,000 years of history of Chinese silk production. Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, £5.50/£4, until September 2012.

Dress the World: Suits and Saris

An exhibition celebrating and debating the fusion of British and South Asian fashion traditions. Leicester New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, free, until October 2012.

Dress the World: The World at your Feet

An exhibition showcasing shoes from the museum's world footwear collection, which includes over 1,000 pairs of shoes from across the world. Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, free, until September 2012.


At Home with the World

An exhibition highlighting domestic objects that have come from overseas or been influenced by other cultures, to ask 'how English are our homes?' The Geffrye: Museum of the Home, free, until September 2012.

Mind the Map: Inspiring Art, Design and Cartography

An exhibition drawing on the museum's outstanding map collection to explore the themes of journeys, identity and publicity. London Transport Museum, £13.50/£10, until October 2012.

Our Londinium

An exhibition discovering how Roman London still lives on in today's modern capital, through films, sculpture, audio-visual displays and objects from today. Museum of London, free, on-going.

The Body Adorned: Dressing London

An exhibition exploring how body adornment has become part of London life across times and cultures. Horniman Museum and Gardens, free, until January 2013.

North East

Journeys of Discovery: CultuRISE

Young people working to make North East museums more exciting for their peers. Across the North East:, free, until September 2013.

Made in China

An exhibition exploring relations between Britain and China between 1500 and the present day. Oriental Museum, free, on-going.

Pacific Journeys of Discovery: Exploring New Worlds

An exhibition responding to Captain Cook's legacy from New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Dorman Museum, free, on-going.

The Curious Case Of....

An exhibition looking at how objects from the museum collection can form a path into a wider global story and provoke a range of discussions and interpretations. Great North Museum: Hancock, free, until September 2012.

South East

World Stories: Young Voices

A new permanent gallery including objects not previously on public display, together with major new purchases and exciting new commissions. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, free, on-going.

West Midlands


An audio-visual artwork created using a number of interlinked projections resulting in a series of virtual aquariums containing dynamic bodies in extreme motion. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, free, until September 2012.


Golden Threads

An exhibition exploring Bradford's rich collection of textiles from all over the world linking historical and modern Bradford. Bradford Industrial Museum, free, until September 2012.

Precious Cargo

An exhibition telling the weird, wonderful and secret stories of how objects from all over the world got to Leeds. Leeds City Museum, free, until January 2013.

Precious Cargo

An exhibition exploring how objects, ideas and customs found their way across the world and became 'precious' items of Yorkshire heritage in the process. Museums Sheffield, free, on-going.


Sounds Global

A multi-sensory experience that explores musical instruments, performance and ceremony around the world. The National Museum of Scotland, free, until September 2012.