A History of the World in 100 Objects

The British Museum and BBC Radio 4 have teamed up to present A History of the World in 100 Objects. As described on the program’s website,

At the heart of the project is the BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 objects. 100 programmes, written and narrated by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, and focusing on 100 objects from the British Museum’s collection. The programmes will travel through two million years from the earliest object in the collection to retell the history of humanity through the objects we have made. Each week will be tied to a particular theme, such as ‘after the ice age’ or ‘the beginning of science and literature’, and the programmes will broadcast in three blocks, in January, May and September.

Thus far, 15 of the 100 objects have been revealed in BBC Radio 4 podcasts. Among the online accompaniments to the project are a blog, as well as an interactive interface where users can explore the objects selected by the British Museum and the BBC can be explore.

Additionally, users can contribute to a digital museum on the project’s site by uploading an image of an object of their own. Once the image has been uploaded, users are asked to “Describe the object and its history – where the object came from, when it was made, its colour and size. You can also add links to other sites”. What items of relevance to the history of psychology would you like to see added to the BBC’s history of the world site?

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.