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The World of Our Making (1914 - 2010 AD)

Neil MacGregor concludes the series with five objects from the C20th and C21st whose stories explore different aspects of our world from plastics to propaganda, sexual revolutions to war.

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Solar-powered lamp and charger

5/5 Neil MacGregor's last object in his world history - a solar-powered lamp and charger.

Sat 23 Oct 2010 00:30 BBC Radio 4

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  • Where these objects were found

    Where these objects were found

    96 Russian revolutionary plate
    97 Hockney's 'In the dull village'
    98 Throne of Weapons
    99 Credit card
    100: ?

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  • 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.

Shakespeare's Restless World

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Neil MacGregor uncovers Shakespeare's world through twenty objects.

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