• Directory of Taiwan

British Museum director Neil MacGregor stepping down

Neil MacGregor, director who led British Museum to new popularity, to step down

British Museum director Neil MacGregor stepping down

LONDON (AP) -- British Museum director Neil MacGregor, who led the London institution as it became the country's top tourist draw, is stepping down.

The museum said Wednesday that MacGregor will leave in December after 13 years.

MacGregor, who is 68, says he will retire from full-time work but will take part-time posts, including advising Germany's minister of culture on Berlin's Humboldt Forum museum project. He will also work with Mumbai's CSMVS Museum.

The British Museum drew 6.7 million visitors in 2014-15, more than any other attraction in the country.

Since taking the helm in 2002, MacGregor has overseen acclaimed exhibitions on topics including Ice Age society, ancient Pompeii and the Vikings.

He has also resisted calls from Greece for the return of friezes taken from the Parthenon in Athens 200 years ago.

Updated : 2021-09-21 20:32 GMT+08:00