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British Museum Director, Neil MacGregor, to Retire

Posted in museums by Editor on April 9, 2015

From The British Museum:

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. Copyright Jason Bell.

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. Copyright Jason Bell.

Neil MacGregor announced to his colleagues at the British Museum this morning [8 April 2015] that he has decided to step down as Director at the end of December 2015.

MacGregor said, “It’s a very difficult thing to leave the British Museum. Working with this collection and above all with the colleagues here has been the greatest privilege of my professional life. But I’ve decided that now is the time to retire from full-time employment and the end of this year seems a good time to go. The new building has been completed, so we at last have proper exhibition space, new conservation and scientific facilities, and first class accommodation for our growing research activities. We have built strong partnerships with fellow museums across the UK, and are rapidly expanding our programme of loans and training around the world.

The Museum is now ready to embark on a new phase—deploying the collection to present different histories of the world. It is an exhilarating prospect, and it will start with the new Islamic Galleries and with plans for the future of the Old Reading Room.

The Museum is in a strong position to respond to these energising challenges. It has a distinguished international Board under a new Chairman Sir Richard Lambert. To everything it does the BM brings the highest levels of professionalism. Around the world it is a valued partner and the Board has clearly defined the British Museum’s role as a worldwide resource for the understanding of humanity, to be made available as widely and as freely as possible.”

MacGregor added, “Although I shall no longer be working full-time I shall be involved in a number of projects. I shall be working with the BBC and the BM on a new Radio 4 series on Faith and Society. I shall be chairing an Advisory Board to make recommendations to the German Minister of Culture, Monika Grütters, on how the Humboldt-Forum, drawing on the outstanding resources of the Berlin collections, can become a place where different narratives of world cultures can be explored and debated. In Mumbai, I look forward to working on the presentation of world cultures with the CSMVS Museum and its Director Mr Sabyasachi Mukherjee under whose tenure it has emerged as one of the finest and most active museums in South/South East Asia.”

The full press release is available here»

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