A Roman ear pick is one of 18 items put up for adoption to raise funds for a Nottinghamshire museum.
Newark's Millgate Museum's adopt-an-artefact initiative will help towards a new national centre for Civil War learning in the town.
Objects have been chosen by museum staff from the 60,000 items in stores.
Sue Rodgers, from The Friends of Newark and Sherwood Museum Service, said the scheme was a way for everyone to engage with the heritage of their local area.
Other artefacts chosen include a pair of ladies' shoes from 1817 and a Roman lead coffin discovered at Brough in 1971 which held the skeleton of a young female dating from 300AD.
For donating a minimum of £10, people will receive a certificate of adoption and an information sheet on their chosen object.
Bryony Robins, from Millgate Museum, said: "Hopefully it will get people interested in the collection and raise awareness of the museum's extensive stores, which are open to the public on request."
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The scheme is the first of several fundraising projects planned by the Friends of Newark and Sherwood Museum Service who aim to raise between £50,000 and £100,000 for the Civil War Centre over the coming years.
The museum, on Appleton Gate, is expected to cost about £5m and is due to open in 2014.
Newark and Sherwood District Council has received about £200,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out initial development work on the museum.
It will be bidding for a further £3.4m in February, with most of the money being used to restore the Old Magnus building which is housing the exhibits.