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Even the most ordinary objects have fascinating stories to tell. Journey through their extraordinary lives as host Nihal Arthanayake invites experts and enthusiasts to share remarkable stories of the everyday things around you.

A Brief History of Stuff explores the past, present and future of the stuff in your home – from bath toys to the microwave oven – and looks at how they helped science and changed our world.

Each episode features a story inspired by incredible items from the Science Museum Group Collection. The collection contains more than 7 million items which illustrate the impact of science, technology, engineering and medicine on all our lives.

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    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

Even the most ordinary objects have fascinating stories to tell. Journey through their extraordinary lives as host Nihal Arthanayake invites experts and enthusiasts to share remarkable stories of the everyday things around you.

A Brief History of Stuff explores the past, present and future of the stuff in your home – from bath toys to the microwave oven – and looks at how they helped science and changed our world.

Each episode features a story inspired by incredible items from the Science Museum Group Collection. The collection contains more than 7 million items which illustrate the impact of science, technology, engineering and medicine on all our lives.

    Bath toys

    Bath toys

    We know so little about the ocean, but a simple bath toy helped us understand it better. Dive into the story of what happened when 30,000 bath toys washed overboard and how these cute plastic critters helped scientists uncover the mysteries behind ocean currents with our host Nihal Arthanayake.


    In this episode, curator Alex Rose reveals the epic ocean voyage taken by ordinary bath toys, while beachcomber Tracey Williams shares her interesting finds on the Cornish coast. You’ll hear stories of flotsam and the global beachcomber network and discover more about the ocean and our impact on it.   


    This episode was inspired by Friendly Floatee bath toys from the Science Museum Group Collection. This incredible collection contains more than 7 million items which illustrate the impact of science, technology, engineering and medicine on all our lives.


    Find out more about the items in this episode and read the transcript on our website, you can also discover more stories about the everyday objects around you.


    Follow @sciencemuseum on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more insights into the collection and use #ABriefHistoryOfStuff to join the conversation on social media.


    Follow @LegoLostAtSea to see more of Tracey’s fascinating beach-combing finds.


    A Brief History of Stuff is a Storythings and Science Museum Group production. Each episode features a story inspired by incredible items from the Science Museum Group Collection.


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    Even the most ordinary objects have extraordinary stories to tell. Our new podcast, A Brief History of Stuff, delves into remarkable stories behind the everyday things around you, exploring the past, present and future of the stuff in your home.  


    Join host Nihal Arthanayake, experts and enthusiasts - from air traffic controllers to beachcombers and our curators - to hear remarkable stories about the stuff around you, all inspired by incredible items from the Science Museum Group Collection.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Heathercowen ,

Lovely Stuff!

Missing the Museums so much - podcasts like this help to fill the gap. Thank you!

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