Time

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What is time? How do we measure it? What does it mean to us? This theme uses objects in the British Museum's collection to explore the different ways we understand time.

Looking through the lens of time enables us to compare and explore objects in thought-provoking ways. While almost any object has a relationship with time through its own history, those examined in this theme range from the familiar to the surprising. In many ways, time is a gateway to understanding and appreciating how world cultures perceive human experience. 


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