Neil MacGregor’s Last Day as Director

Today was Neil MacGregor’s last day as Director of the British Museum. The vibrant and well-visited museum owes much to MacGregor’s vision and leadership style. His BBC Radio 4 ‘History of the World’ programmes that selected key objects from the collection will be an additional legacy.

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Neil MacGregor at the Hay Festival © David Gill

It is telling that the final acquisition made during his time as Director was the ‘Lampedusa Cross’, made from a refugee boat sunk during its hazardous crossing from North Africa. The British Museum is looking at contemporary events and acquiring objects that are important for a universal narrative.

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