Mark Jones (museum director)

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Sir Mark Jones FSA FRSE

Sir Mark Ellis Powell Jones (born 5 February 1951)[1] is a British art historian, numismatist and museum director. He is the current Master of Saint Cross College, Oxford. Previously, from 2001 to 2011, he was director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.[2]

Insignia of a Knight Bachelor


Jones is the son of writer and historian, Ann Paludan. He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford, before further studies in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, graduating with an MA degree. He is married to Dr Camilla Toulmin, the former director of the International Institute for Environment and Development.


Jones spent 18 years in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, where he curated the acclaimed exhibition FAKE? The Art of Deception. In 1992 he was appointed director of the National Museums of Scotland, and here he gained a high reputation. He oversaw the creation in 1998 of the Museum of Scotland, which went on to win 22 prizes for its displays and a Stirling Prize nomination for its building.

In May 2001 Jones became director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. On his first day as director, he announced the scrapping of entry charges to the museum.[3] Under his directorship a number of renewal projects have been completed, including the Medieval and Renaissance galleries which opened in 2009.[4]

Jones is Chairman of the National Museum Directors’ Conference, a trustee of the National Trust, the Gilbert Collection, and the Pilgrim Trust, a member of the Court and Council of the Royal College of Art, Vice President of the British Art Medal Society and the Kensington & Chelsea Decorative & Fine Arts Society, and a patron of the Embroiderers' Guild and the Heritage Crafts Association.

Jones was knighted in the 2010 New Year Honours "for services to the Arts".[5]


  1. ^ "Sir Mark Jones". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  2. ^ Saint Cross College, Oxford: New Master elected. 17 November 2010
  3. ^ "Museums set dates for free entry". BBC News. 1 May 2001. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Victoria and Albert Museum: Completed FuturePlan projects". Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282. p. 1. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009.

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