A History of the World in [just] 100 Objects

I’m really excited about A History of the World in 100 Objects which starts tomorrow on Radio 4 (I’ll be listening to the 7.45pm slot, but you can catch it at at 10.45am as well).

The series will look at objects from all over the world – and will span tens of thousands of years of human struggle and achievement. Every object will have been man-made. That is what makes this different. Most histories are based on documents as sources. This takes as a starting point that the craft and inspiration involved in making things can reveal history in a different and complementary way.

There’s a lot of stuff all over the BBC’s website and the British Museum’s site too.

As well as getting the artefacts out of the cases/dusty storerooms (probably more the former?) I think this series will also make us consider ways of doing history.  Wish they hadn’t set it up almost in opposition to doing history from documentary sources – documents are artefacts too and can involve craft and inspiration in their creation…

The Great Charter, University of Oxford 1636

The Great Charter, University of Oxford 1636

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2 thoughts on “A History of the World in [just] 100 Objects

  1. Hi,
    Do you have any idea about the picture of magna carta, which was illustrated as a map of the world. Iam trying to find out who did draw it and meanings of each pictures…

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