Hartwig Fischer appointed director of the British Museum

The British Museum's Reading Room and Great Court roof, 2005. Photo: Andrew Dunn

The British Museum has announced Dr Hartwig Fischer as the new director of the British Museum. He will take over the post in Spring 2016 from his predecessor Neil MacGregor, who will be retiring after a 13-year tenure.

Dr Hartwig Fischer is currently the Director General of the Dresden State Art Collections (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden) where he is responsible for 14 museums and four separate institutions in four cities, with collections spanning more than 5,000 years of art, archaeology, anthropology and cultural history. Prior to that appointment, Dr Fischer was director of the Folkwang Museum in Essen (2006–2012), and curator of nineteenth-century and Modern art at the Kunstmuseum in Basel (2001–2006).

29 September 2015.