20/20 How a folio of collected plays in 1623 began the creation of a global phenomenon.
19/20 A human eyeball in a silver setting gives a striking insight into the theatre of cruelty.
18/20 Neil MacGregor surveys the triumphal arches created for James I's entry into London.
17/20 Early 17th-century proclamations reveal the impact of the 1603 plague outbreak.
16/20 A striking clock reveals the changing relationship Shakespeare's audiences had to time.
15/20 The problems in creating a Great Britain are encapsulated in designs for a common flag.
14/20 A pedlar's trunk reveals deception and religion, cross-dressing and travelling salesmen.
13/20 Sunken gold from West Africa sheds light on England's complex relationship with the Moors.
12/20 Neil MacGregor on how a delicate glass goblet reveals the twin seductions of Venice.
11/20 A tabloid history of Shakespeare's England told via contemporary accounts of murder plots.
10/20 A model ship hung in a church reveals the differences between Scottish and English witches
9/20 A disc of black obsidian from Mexico reflects the Elizabethan fascination with astrology.
8/20 Neil MacGregor explores life in Shakespeare's London through an apprentice's woollen cap.
7/20 A rare woodcut offers an insight into the troubles and tragedies of Elizabethan Ireland.
6/20 What Henry V's armoury tells us about the depiction of history on the Elizabeth stage.
5/20 Neil MacGregor explores the essential accoutrements of any self-respecting gentleman.
4/20 The story behind a portrait justifying Elizabeth I's position in the Tudor succession.
3/20 A fork found on the site of the Rose Theatre explains what people ate in the Bard's time.
2/20 Neil MacGregor uses the Stratford Chalice to explore the world in Shakespeare's time.
1/20 How Drake's circumnavigation of the globe changed the way people viewed the world.