In 2010, the BBC and the British Museum embarked on an ambitious project: to tell the story of two million years of human history using one hundred objects selected from the Museum's vast and renowned collection.
In 2010, the BBC and the British Museum embarked on an ambitious project: to tell the story of two million years of human history using one hundred objects selected from the Museum's vast and renowned collection. Presented by the British Museum's Director Neil MacGregor, each episode focuses on a single object - from a Stone Age tool to a solar-powered lamp - and explains its significance in human history. Music, interviews with specialists and quotations from written texts enrich the listener's experience. On each CD, objects from a similar period of history are grouped together to explore a common theme and make connections across the world. Seen in this way, history is a kaleidoscope: shifting, interlinked, constantly surprising and shaping our world in ways that most of us have never imagined. This box set also includes an illustrated booklet with additional background information and photographs, and each CD includes PDF images of the featured objects.
20 CDs. 25 hrs.
Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since August 2002. He was previously Director of the National Gallery in London, from 1987 to 2002.
deserves to take its place alongside television classics such as Kenneth Clark's Civilisation and Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man. -- Dominic Sandbrook The Telegraph perfect radio -- Philip Hensher The Independent a broadcasting phenomenon -- Maev Kennedy The Guardian
Short-listed for Galaxy National Book Awards: More4 Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2011
"a broadcasting phenomenon"
The landmark BBC Radio 4 series that tells the story of humanity through 100 man-made objects from the British Museum's unique collection.
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