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Paul Sargeant Paul Sargeant | 11:32 UK time, Thursday, 14 October 2010

Evan Davis introduces Neil MacGregor, announcing the British Museum's 100th object live on the Today programme and unveiling the object in its display box.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Yes, the solar powered charger and cell. I don't think the BM or any other institution or country needs to worry about carefully 'including' Africa. Africa will reclaim it's own power, as it is already, as all people and countries do. The damage of colonialism will not be mitigated by 'throwing them a bone'. History speaks volumes about the market and power and all societies in the world will continually rebalance based on their power. All society is built on the bones of both the powerful and the disenfranchised. We hear their voices in the march of the future.

    In sheer volumes you missed the fact that India and China are the newest powers. With China, who owns more US debt than any other country, and the most people, is creating the internet driven society more than any other. They are in Africa as well.

    Both Indian and China are ruthlessly pursuing world domination with no consideration for the lives of their own people. I'm grateful that we are so physically far from them. Neither will be kind overlords, but not in my lifetime, thank goodness.

    Interesting series. Thanks for putting your ideas and the BM out there for us to comment on. I appreciate the effort and the forum.

  • Comment number 2.

    History of the World in 100 obs in one of the most fscinating programmes on BBC4. I am waiting in anticipation for a book to follow and hope the next 100 will be on their way in a new series.
    One of my family favourites isgrandfather's glove box in ebony ivory and turquoise, lined with blue silk. Inside is a little shabby, but the outside is as good as new.
    He lived in Pepys Road, New Cross London and apparently went to the city every day. He dressed very well, according to my mother, and NEVER left the house without gloves...
    My mother was youngest of seven children and so was I so there is a considerable time gap between us - I never met him or my grandmother.

  • Comment number 3.

    I'd love to see the *future* of the world in 100 objects. It would make a great basis for discsusing the long range technological and societal changes futorologists, scientists, sci fi authors and other visionaries envisage.

  • Comment number 4.

    Apologies if this has been asked and answered before, but is there a complete list anywhere of all the objects? I can't spot one offhand, but may well have missed it. If someone could post the link I'd be grateful!

    Thanks - Eliza.



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