Library Members’ Choice: ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’
October 4, 2013

‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ was masterminded by Neil McGregor, of the British Museum, in collaboration with the BBC. The British Museum was set up to achieve a truer understanding of the world and this ‘history’ does just that with great success. The series was broadcast on Radio 4, 5 episodes a week and became hugely popular, along with a book-tie-in and dedicated interactive area on the BBC website.

Many of our volunteers and library members loved this radio series so much that it inspired us to bring to life some of the objects as tactile pictures and atmospheric audio guides. We are very grateful to the BBC for allowing us to use the original Radio 4 broadcasts on our audio guide and to the British Museum for granting us permission to represent the objects as tactile pictures.

Tactile picture of the Sutton Hoo Helmet

Since we published our Touch to See book ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ earlier this year, it has received an overwhelming response from our library members and friends…..

“These tactile pictures are amazing!”
Katie Pollard, BBC Commercial, Legal and Business Affairs Executive

“I am so delighted to see this come to fruition – what a wonderful treat – I am of course a bit biased!”
Jane Ellison, Partnership Development manager, BBC Audio and Music

“Thank you so much for sending me this brilliant book. I heard all the series on the radio. I know the BBC book would not be the right kind of thing for me, so imagine my delight that you have selected 13 of the 100 objects that were a particular challenge for people with sight-loss. The excellent tactile pictures and audio guides have brought these objects vividly to life in my mind’s eye. I enjoyed this book so much.” Library Member

“I have just loaned ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ and I very much enjoyed it as I found it very interesting. I was able to gain an idea of what the artefacts look like. I am an avid fan of history and archaeology (which some people think is strange as I am very nearly totally blind). I would like to say thank you very much for producing this tactile and audio book and therefore allowing me to be able to have a look at these artefacts, this is much appreciated.” Library Member

Click here to enjoy a short trailer for ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ presented by Liz Davies, Living Paintings Publishing Manager

“Many thanks for sending me the latest book – what a good one it is too. I had listened to some of the series on BBC Radio 4 but all your featured ones were new to me. Combining art and history – what an excellent choice.” Library Member

“In this book you have created a very successful combination between the BBC presentations and your own explanations of the tactile pictures. I particularly enjoyed your vivid descriptions of the extraordinary objects created by different people over the centuries. Thank you very much.” Library Member

Fingers feeling tactile picture of the Sutton Hoo Helmet

“This is quite an achievement to have selected 13 objects from the one hundred. These 13 objects which although diverse in nature, origin and original purpose, together still reflect themes that societies have had in common over nearly three millennia. The way the tactile pictures represent the objects is most successful in all cases in this book. Many thanks for a superb book.” Library Member

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