A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, describes a new series coming to BBC Radio 4 – Shakespeare’s Restless World. Twenty programmes will explore the world of Shakespeare and his audience through objects from that turbulent period, all available to download from 16 April 2012.

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Peter Lewis tells a story of love, separation and hardship, through the object he added to the BBC History of the World website: a portrait of a private soldier's sweetheart, painted secretly for his Uncle Bryn in the Auschwitz concentration camp....
A lamp that runs off sunlight. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at the final object in the series: a solar-powered lamp with a charger that can bring cheap light and power to people around the world with no access to the electric grid. Simple, cheap and clean …
Neil MacGregor's last object in his world history - a solar-powered lamp and charger.
A lamp that runs off sunlight. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at the final object in the series: a solar-powered lamp with a charger that can bring cheap light and power to people around the world with no access to the electric grid. Simple, cheap and clean …
A lamp that runs off sunlight. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at the final object in the series: a solar-powered lamp with a charger that can bring cheap light and power to people around the world with no access to the electric grid. Simple, cheap and clean …
Neil MacGregor's last object in his world history - a solar-powered lamp and charger.
A lamp that runs off sunlight. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at the final object in the series: a solar-powered lamp with a charger that can bring cheap light and power to people around the world with no access to the electric...
Credit card Oct. 21, 2010
Neil MacGregor with a credit card - one that is compliant with Sharia law.
Credit card Oct. 21, 2010
Neil MacGregor with a credit card - one that is compliant with Sharia law.
A plastic credit card. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the changing role of money in the modern world by looking at a Shari'a compliant credit card. How is modern banking adapting for new markets and what are the moral issues...
Throne of Weapons Oct. 20, 2010
Neil MacGregor with an African throne - made from decommissioned guns.
Chair made from decommissioned guns. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the impact of weapons on the modern world by examining a sculptured throne made from decommissioned guns. The weapons are remnants of the Mozambique civil...
Throne of Weapons Oct. 20, 2010
Neil MacGregor with an African throne - made from decommissioned guns.
Neil MacGregor considers the state of human rights - with a David Hockney print.
Neil MacGregor considers the state of human rights - with a David Hockney print.
Print by the British artist David Hockney. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the sexual revolution of the 1960s through a print by David Hockney which shows two men in bed together. The work was one of a series created as the...
Decorated plate from St Petersburg. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the Russian Revolution by looking at a plate painted with propaganda for the new Communist state. The plate was made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St...
Neil MacGregor nears the end of his world history - with a Russian revolutionary plate.
Neil MacGregor nears the end of his world history - with a Russian revolutionary plate.