The Origins Of Writing
I spoke to Andrew Robinson and tried to get to the bottom of the origins of writing. Was it invented once and transmitted around the world, or independently in places such as Mesopotamia, China and Easter Island? What inspired it: accountancy, statecraft, religion? Why are some ancient writing systems simple in appearance, others bewilderingly complex?
What did you eat yesterday? Manga isn’t just Astro Boy, and so much more than comic books you find outside Japan. It is a history of the workers taking over the means of production and making something brand new. Nicole Rousmaniere, curator of the Citi exhibition Manga to discuss the fascinating origins of the Japanese art form and its cultural influence across the globe.
Smashing statues… were ancient statues really full of gold? No? What about rats?
Does this mean every emoji is wrong?
How do you know how old something is?
How can you tell what disease someone died of over 1000 years ago?
When did we first put pen to paper? Or Stylus to Tablet? Or scraper to shoulder blade?
Big Cat Killers
A spooky late night at the Museum
All about Stonehenge… and what that has to do with people called Beaker.
Ian Hislop interview plus Iszi takes you round the exhibition!