BBC Radio 4 recently kicked off a new series on the collections of British Museum called A History of the World in One Hundred Objects. The programme, written and presented by BM director Neil MacGregor, aims to tell the entire history of the world in a 100 15-minute episodes focusing on key objects in the BM’s permanent collections. Each episode will concentrate on one ‘thing’ in the museum, explore its context and significance in the culture that produced it, together with its collection history and interpretation.
More about the series can be found by clicking: www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/explorerflash/
Editorial Comment: If the story of the world can be told in 100 objects, maybe the BM can start thinking about giving back some of its 7 million or so objects it has in its collections.