Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum since 2002, will retire at the end of December. Under MacGregor’s tenure, attendance rose from 4.6 million a year in 2002 to 6.7 million, according to the BBC. (The museum is behind only the Louvre in terms of attendance, according to the New York Times.) MacGregor’s time as director was also colored by controversy surrounding the Elgin marbles in the British Museum’s collection, and the institutions refusal to repatriate them to Greece.
A replacement for MacGregor has not yet been chosen, though “a team of headhunters has been hired to help the museum’s trustees recruit his successor,” the Times writes.