Neil MacGregor, British Museum Director and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects, tells an epic history of humanity over two million years through 100 manmade objects, all from the Museum's collection.
In this 20 CD set of the landmark BBC Radio 4 series, we travel back in time and across the globe, to see how we humans have shaped our world and been shaped by it over the past two million years. Neil MacGregor has chosen just a hundred objects from different points on our journey- from a Stone Age tool to a credit card, and each object comes from the collection of the British Museum.
These broadcasts take a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them.
The range is enormous and each chapter immerses the listener in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined.
Neil MacGregor discusses this engrossing and original approach to the telling of human history - watch the video here