A History of the World in 100 Objects

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.

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One Response to A History of the World in 100 Objects

  1. Sandra Rozental, NYU Anthropology January 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    Simon Schama’s piece in last weekend’s FT “What objects say about our times” discusses the BBC initiatives to present history though material culture from a historian’s point of view.

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