Museum Visit - The History of the World in 100 objects
About the meeting
- If you prefer, you can listen to the podcasts here: Protected content
- At about 3.15 (depending on how the discussion goes), we will explore the museum and find some of objects discussed.
About the book
Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in Protected content takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them.
Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, A History of the World in Protected content begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with objects which characterise the world we live in today.
Seen through MacGregor's eyes, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. A stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people; Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency; and an early Victorian tea-set speaks to us about the impact of empire.
An intellectual and visual feast, this is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.
About the museum
The museum was established in Protected content , largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane ( Protected content ). He had collected over 71,000 objects during his lifetime and, not wishing for the collection to be broken up after his death, he bequeathed it to King George II, for the nation for £20,000.
It opened to the public in Protected content it's current site of Montagu House and has expanded greatly since to over 8 million objects. Several parts of the collection split away to their own purpose built buildings and are now the Natural History Museum (split away in Protected content the British Library (split away in Protected content .
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