Neil MacGregor examines a pair of porcelain vases from Yuan dynasty China. Read more
Status Symbols (1200 - 1400 AD)
The David Vases
Neil MacGregor examines a pair of porcelain vases from Yuan dynasty China.
Taino Ritual Seat
Neil MacGregor tells the story of a ritual seat from a lost Caribbean culture.
Meeting The Gods (1200 - 1400 AD)
Holy Thorn Reliquary
Neil MacGregor examines a reliquary made for a thorn from Christ's crown of thorns.
Icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy
Neil MacGregor tells the story of a 14th-century icon from the Byzantine Empire.
Shiva and Parvati Sculpture
Neil MacGregor examines a stone sculpture of the Hindu deity Shiva and his consort Parvati
Statue of Huastec Goddess
Neil MacGregor examines a sculpture of a goddess made by the Huastec people of Mexico.
Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island Statue
Neil MacGregor discusses one of the extraordinary giant figures from Easter Island.
The Threshold of the Modern World (1375-1550 AD)
Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent
Neil MacGregor with the personal monogram of Suleyman the Magnificent.
Neil MacGregor with a 14th century bank note - from Ming Dynasty China.
Inca Gold Llama
Neil MacGregor with a model of a llama - the animal behind the Inca Empire.
Jade Dragon Cup
Neil MacGregor with a jade cup that belonged a great leader of the Timurid Empire.
Neil MacGregor discusses Durer's Rhinoceros.
The First Global Economy (1450 - 1600 AD)
The mechanical galleon
Neil Macgregor with a clockwork galleon designed for a grand dinner table.
Benin plaque - the Oba with Europeans
Neil MacGregor with some of the best examples of African art, the great plaques of Benin.
Neil MacGregor with one of the stars of the British Museum - an Aztec serpent.
Neil MacGregor with porcelain white elephants from Japan.
Pieces of eight
Neil MacGregor with the first truly global money - silver pieces of eight.
The 100th Object
Evan Davis runs through the contenders for A History of the World's last object.
Tolerance and Intolerance (1550 - 1700 AD)
The Shi'a religious parade standard
Neil Macgregor with a powerful symbol from Shia Iran.
Miniature of a Mughal prince
Neil MacGregor with a miniature painting from Mughal India.
Shadow Puppet of Bima
Neil MacGregor explores religion and politics in South East Asia - through a shadow puppet
Mexican codex map
Neil MacGregor explores the Spanish religious conquest of Mexico with a map.
Reformation centenary broadsheet
Neil MacGregor with a souvenir of the 100th anniversary of the Protestant reformation.
Exploration, Exploitation and Enlightenment (1680 - 1820 AD)
Neil MacGregor with an African drum taken to America during the slave trade.
Hawaiian feather helmet
Neil MacGregor with a feathered helmet given to Captain Cook by Pacific Islanders.
North American buckskin map
Neil MacGregor with a buckskin map from North America.
Australian bark shield
Neil MacGregor with an aboriginal bark shield brought from Australia by Captain Cook.
Neil MacGregor with an object from the 18th century Chinese Enlightenment - a jade ring.
Mass Production, Mass Persuasion (1780 - 1914 AD)
Ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle
Neil MacGregor with the chronometer that accompanied Darwin to South America.
Early Victorian tea set
Neil MacGregor tells the story of the global trade in tea - with a Victorian tea set.
Hokusai's The Great Wave
Neil MacGregor with a familiar image - Hokusai's The Great Wave.
Sudanese slit drum
Neil MacGregor with a wooden drum from Sudan that Kitchener presented to Queen Victoria.
Neil MacGregor with a penny coin defaced by suffragettes with the words "Votes for women".
The World of Our Making (1914 - 2010 AD)
Russian revolutionary plate
Neil MacGregor nears the end of his world history - with a Russian revolutionary plate.
Hockney's In the Dull Village
Neil MacGregor considers the state of human rights - with a David Hockney print.
Throne of Weapons
Neil MacGregor with an African throne - made from decommissioned guns.
Neil MacGregor with a credit card - one that is compliant with Sharia law.
Solar-powered lamp and charger
Neil MacGregor's last object in his world history - a solar-powered lamp and charger.
The first Indian to win Miss World
Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the Miss World beauty competition in 1966
William Dalrymple explores the East India Company's legacy for the 21st century.
William Dalrymple's history of the East India Company and how it came to subdue India.
Cofio ac anghofio
Cyfres am rai o’r Cymry brofodd y Rhyfel Mawr ac am effaith diwedd y rhyfel arnynt.
Mal Pope sits in
Relax with Mal for classic songs from the 40's, 50's and beyond.