Principal Librarians and Directors of the British Museum

Neil MacGregor

Initially the head of the Museum held the title of 'Principal Librarian',
from 1898 this was altered to 'Director and Principal Librarian' and
from 1973 (on the separation of the British Library) 'Director'.

2002   (Robert) Neil MacGregor
1992    Dr Robert (Geoffrey William) Anderson
1977   Sir David (MacKenzie) Wilson
1974   Sir John Pope-Hennessy
1968   Sir John (Frederick) Wolfenden (later Lord Wolfenden)
1959   Sir Frank (Chalton) Francis
1950   Sir Thomas (Downing) Kendrick
1936   Sir (Edgar) John Forsdyke
1931   Sir George (Francis) Hill
1909   Sir Frederic (George) Kenyon
1888   Sir Edward Maunde Thompson
1873   Sir Edward (Augustus) Bond
1866   John Winter Jones
1856   Sir Anthony (Antonio) Panizzi
1827   Sir Henry Ellis
1799   Joseph Planta
1776   Dr Charles Morton
1772   Dr Matthew Maty
1756   Dr Gowin Knight

 

 

Image caption: Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum