Where these objects were found
96 Russian revolutionary plateBrowse all British Museum objects
97 Hockney's 'In the dull village'
98 Throne of Weapons
99 Credit card
The World of our Making AD (1914-2010)
The 20th century saw objects used to express the power of totalitarian regimes, the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the end of Europe’s colonial empires. Technological innovations have changed the way we relate to each other and the material world. The invention of man-made materials like plastic resulted in mass production and consumption on an unprecedented scale. More objects have been produced in the last 100 years than ever before. Yet many of these new objects are ephemeral and disposable. This raises questions about the environment, global resources, and sustainability. But, as has been true for almost two million years, the objects we use today to face these challenges will go on to reveal our history to future generations.