Living with the Gods

For the last 40,000 years, people living in groups have tended to come to a shared narrative to explain their community's place in the world. BBC Radio 4’s Living with the Gods explored these narratives, and the rituals associated with them, by focusing on objects which communities throughout human history have made and used to express and reinforce their beliefs.

Living with the Gods is 30-part radio series, written and presented by former Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor, and an accompanying exhibition which seeks to explore this apparently global human phenomenon. It explores human societies and what MacGregor describes as "the connections between structures of belief, and the structures of society".

Questions of faith have, in recent decades, moved to the centre of the global political stage – an unexpected return to a centuries-old pattern. But what are the connections between structures of belief, and the structures of society? In this project, using objects from the British Museum, and talking to experts from many disciplines, we try to explore some of these questions, looking at communities from deep history to the present day, in Europe and around the world.
Neil MacGregor

The project is the fourth partnership between BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum, following on from A History of the World in 100 objects, Shakespeare’s Restless World and Germany: memories of a nation.

Project will be showcased at Prix Bohemia Radio festival!

When: Thursday 4th April 2019 | 11:40 – 12:00 | presentation + discussion
Where: Film hall, Arts Centre UP
Entrance: Free admission with accreditation


Competition category: Multimedia
Title: Living with the Gods
Author: BBC Radio 4 (United Kingdom)
Language of presentation: English