Several weeks ago, we asked you all to show us what you found in the Smithsonian archives. Your searches didn’t disappoint—a “self-portrait without skin” and a DNA-sampling, sunglasses-wearing robot among the finds.
Now, the British Museum has opened its digital doors to the public, adding 1.9 million images to an online catalogue under a non-commercial, public access license. And Atlas Obscura needs your help to see it all. We recently dove into the archive to find a few of our favorite items from the collection, and now, we’re asking you to help us find some of the weirdest, wackiest elements of a collection crafted from one of the world’s biggest empires. With colonies around the globe and a tenure spanning centuries, there’s no shortage of oddities for us to examine in greater detail. Just a shortage in the number of hands available to sort through it all.
Please share your favorite finds with us below! Let us know why a particular object fascinated you, and we might take your suggestion to heart and dive into the objects in the near future.