Julian Siggers is the proud director of the Penn Museum, and understandably so. The head of the 125-year-old University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has good reason to toot the institution’s trumpet in the latest issue of Almanac the college’s journal. He makes a special point of mentioning the illustratedHistory of the World in 1,000 Objects, published by Dorling Kindersley last month, which is “now being translated into a myriad of languages”. The book includes 212 objects from the Penn Museum’s vast collection, he reveals. “So 20% of the world’s history” is in the Philadelphia institution, Siggers writes, “mostly on display”. Even more gratifying for the director is the fact that the Penn’s contribution is greater than the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London. Topping the BM makes Siggers “particularly happy”. Who knew that anything Blighty can do in 100 objects, the City of Brotherly Love can do better?