Travel the world, stay indoors
We occasionally get asked by visitors whether the Museum is intending to display all of the 100 objects in one room. We know it would make a great exhibition but, as lead curator JD Hill explained, we think there is an even better way to see objects from the series.
Our intention was never to put all the objects together in one room. It was always to show them throughout the Museum so that you can see other objects from the same cultures or part of the world.
So, you'll find the first 30 objects - from part one of the series - across galleries that display other objects from the same time, place, or culture. By seeing the objects like this, you get the chance to find the bigger story that each of them has to tell - much like you hear from Neil on Radio 4.
The curatorial team that selected the final objects from the millions of items we have in the collection did it so we could spin the globe at certain moments in the last two million years and see what was going on in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and across the Pacific.
Here at the Museum you'll find these objects, but through them you can discover another 100, or 1,000 (or even more), each telling another part of the story of how us humans got to where we are today.
You could start in one of the ancient Egypt galleries, and from there cross the Red Sea into the next room to see objects from the Middle East. From there, you can move into Europe by way of the ancient cultures that linked the civilisations of Mesopotamia and Greece. Then maybe hop over the Atlantic, or breeze across the Indian Ocean... I could go on.
You can genuinely travel the world at the British Museum - either on site, online or on air - and it's all free. You'll have to cover some ground but whoever said telling, or indeed discovering, a history of the entire world was easy?
- The photo is by Benedict Johnson © Trustees of the British Museum
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