A review of History of the World in 100 Objects
November 10, 2015

Hi Beverley here.

I would love to share with you what I thought of my first loan from the Living Paintings library. I love history – mostly all things Victorian – so choosing my first album from the library was easy.  A  History of the World in 100 Objects was not only an exhibition at the British Museum but the subject of a BBC Radio 4 series a few years back. I remember listening to some of the series and being fascinated by the description of the coin with the head of Alexander (born 356 BC) and his ram’s horns which represent the god, Zeus Ammon.

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I never managed to get to the exhibition so listening to the programme CDs which accompanied the album together with the touch to see tactile images was great! The album contains descriptions of 13 objects and really bought the series alive for me.

Even though I have some sight, I still find it difficult to see detail and small objects. Some museums are offering touch and other accessible tours which is fantastic! But I love walking around museums and finding out things myself. It is sometimes difficult to navigate dark corners and very tiny artefacts, and even smaller writing to describe them! So handling the tactile images gave me a good idea of the real thing and bought them alive in a way that I didn’t really think was possible.  My favourite objects, as well as the coin, were the seated Buddha and the Akan Drum.

Beverley is a Living Paintings library member.

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