What a great use of the new media that is available today! This project being undertaken by the British Museum allows the public a closer look at objects in the museum and tells the complex history of the world through close observation of specific objects. Each segment runs 10 to 15 minutes and highlights the perspectives not only of art history experts but contemporary artists in the same media and individuals from the nations.
Of particular interest to the questions of heritage are the objects which highlight how these objects are being reclaimed by contemporary nations to solidify their identity. For example, is the 24th installment about the Paracas textile. Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum and narrator of the series, touches on how this ancient object plays into todays politics. At the end, MacGregor says, “It’s not just designers who see them as having significant potential today, so do politicians. These textiles are now seen literally as part of the fabric of the nation and in contemporary Peru there is a determined effort to revitalize these traditional weaving and sewing practices in order to connect modern Peruvians directly to their ancient, indigenous and non-European past.”
This series not only addresses the significance of these objects to their nations of origin but to those who have visited the British Museum over the years.