Jack Lohman

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Jack Lohman

Professor Jack Lohman, CBE.jpg
Jacek Lohman

(1958-05-23) 23 May 1958 (age 60)
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
OccupationMuseum curator

Jack Lohman (born 23 May 1958)[1] CBE, born Jacek Lohman, is Chief Executive of the Royal British Columbia Museum,[2][3] Canada. He is Vice President of the Canadian Museums Association, a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Commission to UNESCO and Board member of the National Museum in Warsaw and the City of Warsaw Museum. He is also a Board member of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.[4]

Life and work[edit]

Jack Lohman holds an honours degree in art history from the University of East Anglia and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Manchester. He was awarded scholarships to study architecture at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Warsaw. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Westminster (2008), the Polish University Abroad, London (2009), and the University of East Anglia (2012).[5]

He is professor of Museum Design and Communication at the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design (appointed 1997), Vice President of the Canadian Museums Association (elected 2017) and Executive Board member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (appointed 2014).

He was Chief Executive of Iziko Museums, South Africa (1999-2002), an organization consisting of fifteen national museums including the South African Museum and the South African National Gallery,[6] and Director of the Museum of London (2002–12).[7][8] He delivered and opened the Museum of London Docklands in 2004.

He has assisted museums around the world and his work has been recognised with numerous awards and distinctions. He was Chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw (2008–13). He was appointed Commander of British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012.[9] He has received state honours from Poland, Colombia and Rwanda. He is a former Chairman of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) United Kingdom (2002–08) and member of the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission to UNESCO.

Lohman is a senior editor of Museum Worlds, Berghahn Books. He was Editor in Chief of UNESCO’s publications series ‘Museums and Diversity’.

He has written a number of books most recently Museums at the Crossroads (2015)[10][11] and Treasures of the Royal BC Museum (2016).[12]

His hobbies are languages (9 fluent languages) and chess. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014. Prof Jack Lohman, Director, Royal British Columbia Museum; Director, Museum of London, 2002–12, 552
  2. ^ "Prof. Jack Lohman". Royal BC Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  3. ^ News release (13 January 2013). "Royal BC Museum Appoints Jack Lohman as New CEO" (PDF). Royal BC Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  4. ^ "British Columbia Achievement Foundation Board of Directors". www.bcachievement.com. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  5. ^ "Executive Team: Professor Jack Lohman CBE". Royal BC Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  6. ^ Marstine, Janet (2006). New museum theory and practice an introduction. Malden, MA Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 9781405148825.
  7. ^ "New collaboration, new benefits: a conference on transnational museum collaboration, 2007,Shanghai - Jack Lohman". Transnational Museum collaboration (blog). June 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  8. ^ Lohman, Jack (2002-09-16). "Wonders and blunders". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  9. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 7.
  10. ^ Obee, Dave. "Royal B.C. Museum director gives a crash course in what's ahead". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  11. ^ Mackie, ,John. "B.C.’s museum at the crossroads". www.vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  12. ^ "Royal BC Museum" (PDF). 20 May 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Pauline Rafferty
Director Royal British Columbia Museum
Preceded by
Simon Thurley
Director of the Museum of London
2002 – 21 March 2012
Succeeded by
David Spence (Interim)