Aims. The project aims to develop a comparative critique of approaches to universal histories in museums and of the role of museums in building knowledge about the future. Methodology. The project combines critical investigation of universal histories and universal museums through four workshops – two in Paris and two in London – and two historical case studies, based in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Musée du quai Branly. Outputs. A conference, publications and digitisation of key archival resources. We’ll also be blogging regularly about our activities and research progress. Who we are. The project is led by Prof Sandra Kemp (V&A), Prof Hervé Inglebert (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre), and André Delpuech (Musée du Quai Branly). The postdoctoral researcher is Chiara Zuanni (V&A). The project is jointly funded by the AHRC and LABEX.