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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.
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.