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The British Museum's Online Timeline

By Monica Watson
July 5, 2016
The British Museum's Online Timeline

The Museum of the World website is a beautifully designed, interactive experience that takes the user “through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.”

The British Museum and the Google Cultural Institute partnered for the first time to showcase the British Museum’s collection of historical objects from prehistory through present day. The collection spans across the world, sharing objects from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Each object has a detailed case study that provides background on the object, recordings from British Museum curators and related objects.

The timeline itself is divided into five segments related to the following categories; art and design, living and dying, power and identity, religion and belief as well as trade and conflict. The user can choose a specific category and see all the objects that are related.

As Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum says, “Today, the museum is probably the most comprehensive survey of the material culture of humanity in existence.” Given the technological changes in the way we learn about the world’s history, it makes sense that they’ve partnered with Google to create such an interactive web experience. 

Learn more about the collaboration on the British Museum’s website here