Principal Librarians and Directors of the British Museum

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 from the British Library) ‘Director’.

 

  • Spring 2016 onwards Hartwig Fischer
  • 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
Dr Hartwig Fischer

Dr Hartwig Fischer, future Director of the British Museum