Objects of affection

In his new TV series, David Dimbleby goes hunting for objects that tell us about The Seven Ages of Britain. He tells Jonathan Wright what he discovered

The Alfred Jewel: gold, rock, crystal and enamel

This article was first published in the February 2010 edition of BBC History Magazine

What does the art of different ages tell us about these ages? That’s the central question in a new series presented by David Dimbleby, The Seven Ages of Britain. “It’s not looking at art as the arrival of the Renaissance or the effect of the Impressionists on painting,” says the broadcaster, “it’s what does this kind of art tell us about the era, the epoch it came from?”

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