List of keepers of the British Museum

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The keepers are heads of the various departments of the British Museum. They are professional curators and related academics. There are currently nine departments plus the Portable Antiquities Scheme that have keepers.

Keepers of Africa, Oceania and the Americas[edit]

The Keeper of Africa, Oceania and the Americas is head of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (Department of Ethnography until 2004).

Keepers of Ancient Egypt and Sudan[edit]

The Keeper of Ancient Egypt and Sudan is head of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan (formerly Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities and then Department of Egyptian Antiquities).

Keepers of Asia[edit]

The Keeper of Asia is head of the Department of Asia (formerly the Department of Oriental Antiquities).

Keepers of Japanese Antiquities[edit]

The Keeper of Japanese Antiquities was head of the Department of Japanese Antiquities. That department merged with the Department of Oriental Antiquities to form the Department of Asia.

  • 1987–1997: Lawrence R. H. Smith[9]
  • 1997–2003: Victor Harris[10]

Keepers of Britain, Europe and Prehistory[edit]

The Keeper of Britain, Europe and Prehistory is the head of the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory (previously known as the Department of Europe and Prehistory)

Keepers of British and Medieval Antiquities[edit]

The Keeper of British and Medieval Antiquities was the head of the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities (Department of British and Medieval Antiquities and Ethnography until 1921).

Keepers of Prehistoric and Romano-British Antiquities[edit]

The Keeper of Prehistoric and Romano-British Antiquities was head of the Department of Prehistoric and Romano-British Antiquities. The department was created from the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities in 1969.[12]

Keepers of Medieval and Later Antiquities[edit]

The Keeper of Medieval and Later Antiquities was head of the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities. The department was created from the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities in 1969.[12]

Keepers of Coins and Medals[edit]

The Keeper of Coins and Medals is head of the Department of Coins and Medals.

Keepers of Conservation[edit]

The Keeper of Conservation and Scientific Research is head of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research.

  • 1975–1979: Harold Barker;[18] Keeper of Conservation and Technical Services
  • 1985–2002: Andrew Oddy; Keeper of Conservation
  • 2002–2005: Sheridan Bowman;[19] Keeper of Conservation, Documentation and Science
  • 2005–2015: David Saunders;[20] Keeper of Conservation and Scientific Research

Keepers of Greece and Rome[edit]

The Keeper of Greece and Rome is head of the Department of Greece and Rome. It was formerly known as the Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities.

Keepers of the Middle East[edit]

The Keeper of the Middle East is head of the Department of the Middle East (formerly Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities, then Department of Ancient Near East).

Keepers of Portable Antiquities and Treasure[edit]

Keeper of Portable Antiquities and Treasure is head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure, and head of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Keepers of Prints and Drawings[edit]

The Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings is head of the Department of Prints and Drawings.

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Jane Portal". British Museum. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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  11. ^ a b "Bland, Dr Roger Farrant". Who's Who 2019. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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  14. ^ "Stratford, Neil". The Dictionary of Art Historians. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
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  17. ^ "Philip Attwood". Numismatic Who's Who. CoinsWeekly. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Barker, Harold". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Bowman, Dr Sheridan Gail Esther". Who's Who 2019. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Saunders, David". Who's Who 2019. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
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  26. ^ "Curtis, John Edward". Who's Who 2019. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Jonathan N. Tubb". British Museum. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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  32. ^ "Hugo Chapman". British Museum. Retrieved 23 February 2019.