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A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations between teams across the BBC, and schools, museums and audiences across the UK. The project focuses on the things we have made, from ...

A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations between teams across the BBC, and schools, museums and audiences across the UK. The project focuses on the things we have made, from flint to mobile phone. 100 programmes, written and narrated by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, and focusing on 100 objects from the British Museum’s collection. The programmes will travel through two million years from the earliest object in the collection to retell the history of humanity through the objects we have made.

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    AHOW: A History of the World Special 18 May 2011

    Peter Lewis tells a story of love, separation and hardship, ...

    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....

    May 19, 2011 Read more
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    AHOW: 100 Solar-powered lamp and charger 22 Oct 2010

    A lamp that runs off sunlight. Neil MacGregor, Director of ...

    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...

    Oct 22, 2010 Read more
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    AHOW: 099 Credit card 21 Oct 2010

    A plastic credit card. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British ...

    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...

    Oct 21, 2010 Read more
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    AHOW: 098 Throne of Weapons 20 Oct 2010

    Chair made from decommissioned guns. Neil MacGregor, Director of the ...

    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...

    Oct 20, 2010 Read more
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    AHOW: 097 Hockney's In the Dull Village 19 Oct 2010

    Print by the British artist David Hockney. Neil MacGregor, Director ...

    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...

    Oct 19, 2010 Read more
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    AHOW: 096 Russian revolutionary plate 18 Oct 2010

    Decorated plate from St Petersburg. Neil MacGregor, Director of 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...

    Oct 18, 2010 Read more
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    AHOW: 095 Suffragette-defaced penny 15 Oct 2010

    A defaced coin from 1903. Neil MacGregor, Director of the ...

    A defaced coin from 1903. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the rise of mass political engagement in Britain and the emergence of the suffragettes by examining a penny coin, on which the image of Edward VII has been defaced with...

    Oct 15, 2010 Read more
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    AHOW: 094 Sudanese slit drum 14 Oct 2010

    A wooden drum from central Africa. Neil MacGregor, Director of ...

    A wooden drum from central Africa. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines a buffalo-shaped drum from Sudan which was played in a court orchestra and used to transmit messages or summon warriors to war. The drum was captured by the...

    Oct 14, 2010 Read more
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    AHOW: 093 Hokusai's The Great Wave 13 Oct 2010

    Hokusai woodblock print. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, ...

    Hokusai woodblock print. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, examines The Great Wave by Hokusai, one of the defining images of the power of the sea. He discovers its production initiated a wider awareness of Japanese art and became...

    Oct 13, 2010 Read more
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    AHOW: 092 Early Victorian Tea Set 12 Oct 2010

    Wedgwood pottery tea set. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British ...

    Wedgwood pottery tea set. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at the history of Britain's relationship with tea by examining an early Victorian stoneware set made by the