As Others See Us
  • As Others See Us

  • Neil MacGregor

    2019 is going to be a year of momentous change for the United Kingdom and in As Others See Us Neil MacGregor explores how major countries see Britain. In the first series he visits Germany, India, Egypt, Nigeria and Canada - and talks to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. MacGregor asks whether the essence of their relationship with Britain can be traced back to key events or cultural influences and explores what impact those events still have on the nature of relationships today.

    The contributors discuss what they learnt about Britain at school, their first encounters with British cities and culture and key historical moments and objects which have shaped their perception of Britain now. Whether it is reading Dickens, watching Monty Python, the Suez Crisis or the 1966 World Cup Final, these are a few examples of what influences the way that Britain is perceived abroad and may inform how these countries approach diplomatic and commercial conversations in the future.

Neil MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery, London from 1987 to 2002 and of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin from 2015 to 2018. His previous books include A History of the World in 100 Objects, Shakespeare's Restless World and Germany: Memories of a Nation, all available in Penguin and now between them translated into more than a dozen languages. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Merit, the UK's highest civil honour. In 2015 he was awarded the Goethe Medal and the German National Prize. In 2018 the radio series Living with the Gods received the Sandford Saint Martin Award for Religious Broadcasting.