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Neil MacGregor reimagined Britain’s role in the world better than our politicians

The Director of the British Museum steps down after 13 years of skilful cultural diplomacy

By Sameer Rahim  

British Museum director Neil MacGregor attends the opening of an exhibition on Greek art at the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia (© AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

What is Britain’s role in a post-imperial age? After the failed foreign interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the defence budget cuts and increasing scepticism about our membership of the European Union, our politicians are finding this question increasingly difficult to answer.…

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