Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor is a British art historian and former museum director. He served as the director of the National Gallery in London from 1987 to 2002 and as the director of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015. MacGregor is known for his work in the cultural sector and has presented various radio and television series, including 'A History of the World in 100 Objects', which was a collaboration between the BBC and the British Museum. He has also authored books related to art and history, contributing significantly to public understanding and appreciation of cultural artifacts and their contexts.


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  1. 1. A History of the World in 100 Objects

    This book offers a unique perspective on world history, telling the story of humanity through the examination of 100 man-made objects. The author, a museum director, uses items from the British Museum, ranging from a 2 million-year-old Olduvai stone cutting tool to a contemporary credit card, to explore various themes such as trade, religion, art, science, and politics. The book provides a fascinating lens through which to view the evolution of human civilization.

    The 8335th Greatest Book of All Time