A History of the World in 100 Objects has now ended but the programmes will continue to be available. Listen to the programmes by following the links below, or save them to your computer or mp3 player by following the links on the podcast page here.
Neil MacGregor reveals the earliest objects that define us as humans.
Why did farming start at the end of the Ice Age? Clues remain in objects left behind
What happens as people move from villages to cities? Five objects tell the story.
4,000 years ago, societies began to express themselves through myth, maths and monuments
Across the world new regimes create objects to assert their supremacy.
Can meanings hidden in friezes and flagons tell us as much as the writings of great men?
Neil MacGregor launches the second part of his history of the world told through objects
Neil MacGregor explores the ways in which people sought pleasure 2,000 years ago
Neil MacGregor explores how and when many great religious images came into existence
Five objects from the British Museum tell the story of the movement of goods and ideas
Neil MacGregor gets an insight into the lives of the ruling elites 1200 years ago
How trade, war and religion moved objects around the globe 1000 years ago
Neil MacGregor examines objects which hold status and required skilful making
Objects from the British Museum show how the faithful were brought closer to their gods
Neil MacGregor explores the great empires of the world in the threshold of the modern era.
Neil MacGregor traces the impact of travel, trade and conquest from 1450 to 1600.
Neil MacGregor tells how the great religions lived together in the C16th and C17th.
Neil MacGregor on the misunderstandings that can happen when different worlds collide.
How industrialisation, mass politics and imperial ambitions changed the world.
Neil MacGregor explores aspects of contemporary sexual, political and economic history.
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