Stories of the World aimed to showcase innovation and excellence in museums, libraries and archives to a worldwide audience. It welcomed the world to Britain by using our rich collections to tell inspirational stories about the UK's relationships with the world. The project was led by Arts Council England in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Young people were at the heart of the project, working in partnership with curators to uncover objects which tell stories that resonate with their interests. It was the largest youth participation project ever delivered by museums with more than 1,500 young people recruited as curators to lead and develop the projects.
As an alternative to traditional curators' or historians' views, audiences also heard stories from the viewpoint of people from diverse cultures, now living in the UK. Objects once bypassed for being reminders of our imperial past were re-examined and given more relevance to contemporary Britain.
Stories of the World brought collections to life and connected them with new audiences through a process of reinterpretation, in partnership with young people and communities.