BM’s deputy goes

The British Museum’s deputy director, Jonathan Williams, has left the institution following the disappearance of about 2,000 objects from its collections.

Williams stood back from his duties last August when the director, Hartwig Fischer, resigned, pending an independent inquiry into the disappearance of objects from the museum’s stores. The review, published this week, says that the suspected thefts were reported by a Danish dealer in 2021 and an initial investigation led by the deputy director concluded that there was no basis to the claims. It has now been announced that Williams will leave the museum.

In August Professor Carl Heron as appointed interim deputy director of the BM, with the brief to drive ahead a multi-million pound development plan, and later Sir Mark Jones, the  former director of the V&A, was appointed interim director.


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