The Trunk

Uncover weird and wonderful objects

The Trunk

– Uncover objects that are wonderful in unexpected ways –

Our history can be traced through the exchange and possession of objects. Wars are fought over objects. They are given as symbols of love. We hoard them, and sometimes forget them. From cheap tourist key rings to a country’s founding documents, many end up hidden in cupboards and trunks along with their stories. Delve in and find them.


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Commissioned by King Philip II of Spain in the mid-16th Century, this automaton is thought to be the oldest functioning robot in the world. Find out more about the Mechanical Monk under the 'explore' archive.