With art institutions closed around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, house-bound museum staffers are finding all sorts of ways to showcase their exhibits to people online. One of the initiatives that really stand out is the #CuratorBattle on Twitter.

Organized by the Yorkshire Museum, the weekly challenge asks museums to share images of their possessions, trying to find out who has the best ones. So far, each 'competition' had a particular theme. Like, the best bum. Or the creepiest object. However, the #CuratorBattle has reached its grand finale and this time, there are no limits. Museums are giving it their best shots. Continue scrolling and check out their most-prized star objects.

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Royal_Armouries Report

Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

I bet they chaffe like hell

May Day
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1 month ago

They would have worn something underneath... but still, looks pretty uncomfortable

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ƒιѕн
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1 month ago (edited)

This is how Under Armour got started

Louloubelle
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1 month ago

Oh, well played.

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Esca Sav
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1 month ago

Forget all the other cool artifacts and gadgets of the medieval past. THIS HERE, LADIES AND GENTEMEN, IS THE FINEST UNDERPANTS YOU CAN EVER OWN. IMAGINE STRUTTING THESE ON THE NIGHT OF YOUR FRISKY ENDEAVORS.

Catlady6000
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1 month ago

I,aging getting stuck in your zipper as you go

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Janine B.
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1 month ago (edited)

Calvin Klein 1.0

KJena
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1 month ago

You can use that to wash dishes in case of emergency..

KombatBunni
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1 month ago

I hope they wore something underneath, otherwise other unmentionables might get caught!

Scratch
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1 month ago

Are they tagless though?

Truth Monster
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1 month ago

At last, the origin of the Bikini Armor is unearthed...

Iggy
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1 month ago

Well, that would be one way to get rid of hemorrhoids!

Electric Ed
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1 month ago

How do they stay up?

Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

They were probably linked to a chest piece.

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Just Carmen
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1 month ago

Can you imagine what a wedgie in these would feel like?! OUCH!!

Gregg Bender
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1 month ago

Did they use powder under them or WD40?

Chris DiFonso
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1 month ago

How much do they weigh? It much have been difficult to walk, etc.

Jennifer Bradt
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1 month ago (edited)

Everyone else is trying to impress with historic pieces, and you supply ye old skivvies, for the win.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

Uff, that could not have been comfortable, even if additional padding was worn underneath.

Raine Soo
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1 month ago

That chain mail underwear looks like a scouring pad.

Joy Stowe
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1 month ago

Brillo underpants!

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Mildred Thompson
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1 month ago

Thanks for sharing the info.

Mildred Thompson
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1 month ago

WOW!

Ruth Beaty
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1 month ago

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Jane W.
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1 month ago

Sexy!

Gerald Stulc
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1 month ago

To shave, or not to shave. . . that is the question

Bent. O. Jensen
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1 month ago

Protecting the family jewels

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

Oh, catch the bits and pieces I'll bet.

danielw
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1 month ago

these dropped in wailing caverns.

cjay smurphite
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1 month ago

That hole, ummmm. Some Knightley kinks in the armour, if you catch my drift.

Catlady6000
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1 month ago

Imagine getting stuck in your zipper as you go commando. Now I,agile getting stuck in this

Caged Beer
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1 month ago

Not for sitting in !!!!

Louloubelle
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1 month ago

How much do you suppose they weighed?

Dreaming Darkness
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1 month ago

Bugger a nappy rash I those.

Dreaming Darkness
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1 month ago

Bugger a nappy rash in those

Roald Andresen
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1 month ago

Sexy

Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Just one word, ouch!

KombatBunni
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1 month ago

I was thinking more along the lines of AHHHHHHH but yeah, ouch is good :P

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What began as a novel way for the Yorkshire Museum to engage audiences online has quickly transformed into an international movement. But it's slowly coming to an end. For Now. "Many museums in the UK at least are starting to reopen and we thought it would be perfect to end while the the battles were still really popular," Lee Clark, the communications manager for the York Museums Trust, told Bored Panda.

Clark said the theme was chosen to give museums the chance to promote their star objects to potential visitors who will then hopefully come and see the real thing. "It was a great way to finish the series and saw entries from all over the world."

The Yorkshire Museum is thinking about bringing the battles back in the future in some form or other, and at different times of year, say for example a Christmas Battle or Halloween.

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EghamMuseum Report

April McPeak
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1 month ago

Worry wart moms for the win!

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The staff at the museum consider the Curator Battle a huge success. "More than 5.4 million people have seen one of our Curator Battle tweets, with more than 1.5 million engagements. We saw coverage on CNN, Washing Post, Guardian UK and other media around the world."

The staff at the museum consider the Curator Battle a huge success. "More than 5.4 million people have seen one of our Curator Battle tweets, with more than 1.5 million engagements. We saw coverage on CNN, Washing Post, Guardian UK and other media around the world."

It was 'The Creepiest' that remains the most popular battle and has made the series a global phenomenon. "'Best Bum' was second with some incredible coverage around the world. We knew it would be a fun and interesting thing to try but the extent of the popularity has been fantastic for us and we hope for other museums," Clark said. "We would like to thank all of the museums who joined in, as the battles would be nothing without all the brilliant entries submitted. It has been so much fun learning about other museums' collections and we have felt a real sense of community being created, something we hope we can build on in the future."

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LULGalleries Report

Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Beautiful

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The pandemic, however, remains an an incredibly difficult time for museums. York Museums Trust lost £1.5 million (nearly $2 million) in income in the four months they have been closed and they are expecting the impact of the pandemic to be felt for a long time to come. 

If you have enjoyed the curator battles, it would be fantastic if you could make a donation to the Trust, if you are in a position to do so.

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smithmuseum Report

Mr.Brownstone
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1 month ago

Here's an interesting fact, this football was made only 20 year after the fall of the Aztec empire in 1521.

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BLprintheritage Report

chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

I've seen a Gutenberg bible once. It's not just a printed book. All the ornaments and the initial letters are hand drawn. Even back in the 15th century they were very expansive and for sure not intended for the average household.

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NtlMuseumsScot Report

April McPeak
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1 month ago

"Come on, let's get this game moving, I have places to be, royal things to do..."

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NJMLearning Report

Parmeisan
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1 month ago

Upvoting for the floor sign :D

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NAAheritage Report

Katrin P.
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1 month ago

That is so beautiful and the glass is so clear!

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JorvikViking Report

Electric Ed
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1 month ago

The older my knitted socks get, the more comfortable they feel. But I usually get a new pair a bit before they look like this.

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StNeotsMuseum Report

Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Money was cuter before than now!!! 😍

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SeptimusKeen Report

alwaysMispelled
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1 month ago

Looks like he was holding something when he died?

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ArmstrongSpace Report

Janine B.
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1 month ago

And it was sewn by ladies that usually produced female underwear.

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TheLightbox Report

Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Beatiful. And also a sucha beautiful concept: Shakespeare on churches.

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Bexx_FLO Report

TUSHAR SINGH
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1 month ago

They were rich

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YorkCastle Report

Iván Galarraga
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1 month ago

Hehe, looks like a holodeck simulation

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YorkMansionHse Report

Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

“Fell into the hands“ - you mean he stole it or how does a royal sword end up in the hands of a commoner?

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WallaceMuseum Report

Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Good to hang in your bedroom

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SotonStories Report

White Wolf
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1 month ago

You win.

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MOASdaytona Report

KombatBunni
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1 month ago

At least if this bad boy chased you, you'd be able to get away..maybe?

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NT_SuttonHoo Report

Miss Cris
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1 month ago

I like the moustache on the helmet

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RCPSGheritage Report

Lora Beth
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1 month ago

Thats how we have LISTERINE mouthwash today 💖

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MuseumCromwell Report

Anna McHugh
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1 month ago

Is it me or does this look like he had a really little head?

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BWWilliamsLab Report

Jake B
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1 month ago

Is it me, or does the isopod look disgusted with it all?

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NatSciNMS Report

Cold Contagious
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1 month ago

Amazing! 🎆🎉🎊

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MattatuckMuseum Report

JessG
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1 month ago

Beautiful

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WhippleMuseum Report

Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrery

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thackraymuseum Report

Parmeisan
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1 month ago

Oh, I haven't seen any sex chairs yet. Guess I'm gonna keep reading for a bit longer, then...

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MuseeLouvreLens Report

Iggy
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1 month ago

Fancy!

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MuseumofOxford Report

Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Doesn’t look very comfortable to walk on. Not sure I’d want a floor made of bones either. That’s some Jeff Dahmer s*** right there lol.

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GrantMuseum Report

Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Why?

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