THE FORUM AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM
The British Museum and the BBC have joined forces on a major multimedia project entitled A History of the World in 100 Objects.
This week’s Forum comes from the depths of the Museum where we spent an hour in front of a lively audience, examining the inner lives of objects, both very old and brand new.
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD
The BBC and the British Museum have joined forces in an original public service collaboration, focusing on world history.
At its heart is a landmark series of BBC Radio programmes called ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’.
It is a narrative global history told through the British Museum’s unparalleled world collection which taps in to the unique power of objects to tell stories and make connections across the globe.
To produce the series the BBC and the British Museum have come together in an ambitious partnership to ensure the widest possible access and engagement across radio, television and online.
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles.www.aleksandarhemon.com
Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home.
PROFESSOR STEVE JONES
Steve Jones is a professor of genetics and head of the biology department at University College London. He is also a television presenter and a prize-winning author on the subject of biology, especially evolution. He says: “Without variation there could be no genetics and no evolution so why is it there? Perhaps surprisingly we have no real idea; and I have spent many years studying the ecological genetics of snails, fruitflies and humans in an attempt to understand this issue.”www.ucl.ac.uk
Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since August 2002 and has devoted particular attention to developing the Museum’s regional and international activities.www.britishmuseum.org
Neil sits on the Board of the National Theatre in London and the International Advisory Board of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. In his current and his previous role as Director of the London's National Gallery, Neil worked closely with BBC radio and television to bring the collections to the widest possible public.
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