History and Storytelling

Feb 07 2011 Published by neilgains under storytelling

The sweep of history

In A History of the World in 100 Objects, Neil McGregor offers a fascinating and inspiring sense of the progress of man and the sweep of history told through the individual stories of 100 objects from the British Museum (I saw many of the individual exhibits myself in two visits to the UK last year).   Although the scope of the series was vast, starting with a stone chopping tool from the Rift Valley in Tanzania, dated at around 2 million years old and finishing with a credit card and solar powered lamp and charger from today, it’s power lies in the unfolding of the individual stories of each object, placing them in their appropriate context and vividly capturing a moment in time.  I would strongly recommend anyone to listen to the podcasts which are still available at the BBC website (link in the first line) or to read the book. Read more »

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