The ice age carving of swimming reindeers, the Olmec stone mask, the Hebrew astrolabe, or the North American buckskin map. All of these are objects of undoubted historical significance, but it’s difficult for most people to get excited about them.
Enter Neil McGregor, former Director of the British Museum, who takes us for a walk amongst the vitrines as he tells us stories filled with wit and curiosity.
In each of the one-hundred short episodes, an object is chosen and placed in its time: who made it? How did its maker see the world? Why was it revolutionary? The series is a journey, covering 2 billion years and stretching the globe, in which the listener comes to understand how humans became what we are today.
Photographs of all objects can be seen on the BBC website.
By Isabel Seeger