A history of the world in 100 objects brings the treasures of The British Museum to life on BBC Radio 4

A History of the World in 100 Objects, Turquoise SerpentDeveloped through a partnership between The British Museum and the BBC, A history of the world in 100 objects traces the history of humans on Earth through the titular (insert Beavis and Butthead laughter) objects.

All of the objects are on display at the museum and can be visited by following their hunt the object maps, but the full story of the objects is featured on the 100 programmes that are airing on BBC Radio 4. The programmes are being broadcast in three blocks and the first of these has already aired, however, they can still be heard on the website:

www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/programme

You can also use the website as a visual accompaniment to the programmes, including deep zoom imagery to let you see the detail and intricacy of the objects.

Narrated by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, the second block of the radio programmes is scheduled to commence in May and the final set later on in the year in September.

Each week the shows focus on a different theme like ‘after the ice age’ or ‘the beginning of science and literature’, with in depth discussion of how the objects highlight an important juncture in the history of the world.