It's being called the Contract of the Century and for one lucky publisher it could mean ongoing work estimated at £350million.
For several years it has been clear that the history books currently used for reference and education by schools, universities, businesses and the general public do not match the popular understanding of historical events.
"There is a big difference between what the history books say, and what the public believes to be true." explained Dr Franz Beckenbauer of the British Museum. "Take World War II for example. The history books have the americans coming in several years late and only under pressure following the attack on Pearl Harbour. However, the public, and indeed the Prime Minister, believes the americans were in from the start and played the major role in the downfall of the Third Reich, with the british and europeans contributing only as bumbling, incompetant buffoons.
"Popular culture plays a bigger role in educating people today. Films and TV is where most people get their understanding of world history. Fewer people than ever are referring to the history books, probably because they feel they contradict their understanding of history as gained from Hollywood. So it's about time the history books were brought into line."
The proposed rewritten history books will need to feature fictional characters as real people, including Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood. It is also being suggested that geography books are revisited and amended to reflect common beliefs, such as Nottingham being only a short walk from the south coast, as portrayed in the 1991 Kevin Cosner film 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'.
Publishers have until October 29th to submit their proposals to rewrite the history books and a decision on who wins the contract will be announced in early January 2011.
The task of rewriting the history books will take an estimated eight years to complete. It is hoped that by 2025 we will all believe that dinosaurs and stone age cavemen coexisted and will be able to point to the new history books as proof.