Jack Lohman

Jacek Lohman

(1958-05-23) 23 May 1958 (age 65)
London, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
OccupationMuseum curator
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Jack Lohman (born 23 May 1958)[1] CBE, born Jacek Lohman, is an internationally recognised leader in the development of museums and cultural policy. He has worked with governments in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America on issues of cultural diplomacy, repatriation and human remain in museums. He has received numerous awards including the Bene Merito from the Government of Poland and CBE from HM the Queen.

Jack Lohman was the chief executive of the Royal British Columbia Museum[2] Canada until he resigned in February 2021 during an investigation into the museum repatriation and reconciliation efforts.[3] He was President of the Canadian Museum Association, is a member of the Board of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the City of Warsaw Museum. He is also a board member of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation[4]

Early life and education

Jack Lohman was born and grew up in London, to which his parents had immigrated from Poland.[5][6] He attended the Cardinal Vaughan school London from 1969 to 1976, followed by the University of East Anglia in Norwich, from which he graduated in 1979 with an honours degree in art history. He was awarded scholarships to study architecture at the University of Warsaw and the Freie Universität Berlin in 1981, receiving from the latter a master's degree in architecture.[5][7] In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster, followed by one in 2009 from the Polish University Abroad in London and in 2012 from his alma mater, the University of East Anglia.[7]


In 1999, Lohman was selected to be the chief executive of Iziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa, an organization consisting of fifteen national museums including the Iziko Museums and the South African National Gallery.[5][8]

Lohman returned in London in 2002 to become director of Museum of London, where in 2004 he opened the Museum of London Docklands and from 2002 to 2008 also chairman of the International Council of Museums UK.[5][9][10] From 2008 to 2013, Lohman was chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw. He has also served on the board of the Second World War Museum in Gdańsk, Poland and is a former member of the UK National Commission's to UNESCO’s Culture Committee.[5]

In 2012 Lohman left the Museum of London, heading to Victoria, British Columbia to become CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum, a post he held until 2021.[5] In 2014, he was appointed to the executive board of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and in 2017 was elected vice president of the Canadian Museums Association[5]

Since 1997, Lohman has been a professor of Museum Design and Communication at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Bergen, Norway.[5][6] He was chief editor of UNESCO's publications series "Museums and Diversity" and is a senior editor of Berghahn Journals’ "Museum Worlds".[5] He has written a number of books including "Museums at the Crossroads?" (2014) and "Treasures of the Royal BC Museum and Archives" (2015).[11][6][12] Lohman has received state honours from Colombia and Rwanda, in 2011 was awarded Poland's Bene Merito honorary badge and in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours was inducted into the Order of the British Empire.[5][13] He lives in Warsaw, Poland.

Book collector

Lohman is an avid reader and has over the years assembled a personal library of approximately 30,000 books.[5] In 2012, when he moved to Victoria to take his new position as CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum, he spent nearly $4,000 to move about a third of his collection with him, the other 20,000 volumes remaining at his family home in Wimbledon.[5] In June of that year, a student at Montreal's McGill University was assigned to create an inventory of the British Columbia portion of his library, while a niece was assigned to inventory his collection of books in London.[5]

Lohman is a polyglot who besides English speaks Polish, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese and thus his library too spans multiple languages.[5][6] As of 2016, he was learning Ancient Greek in order to read the classics in their original forms.[5]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 23 May 2013. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014. Prof Jack Lohman, Director, Royal British Columbia Museum; Director, Museum of London, 2002–12, 552
  2. ^ News release (13 January 2013). "Royal BC Museum Appoints Jack Lohman as New CEO" (PDF). Royal BC Museum. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Royal B.C. Museum CEO Jack Lohman stepping down". vancouversun. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  4. ^ "British Columbia Achievement Foundation Board of Directors". www.bcachievement.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Moneo, Shannon (3 May 2016). "Museum CEO owns 30,000 books and reads in six languages". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 October 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d Mackie, John (3 May 2016). "B.C.s museum at the crossroads". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Executive Team: Professor Jack Lohman CBE". Royal BC Museum. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  8. ^ Marstine, Janet (2006). New museum theory and practice an introduction. Malden, MA Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 9781405148825.
  9. ^ "New collaboration, new benefits: a conference on transnational museum collaboration, 2007,Shanghai - Jack Lohman". Transnational Museum collaboration (blog). June 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  10. ^ Lohman, Jack (16 September 2002). "Wonders and blunders". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  11. ^ Obee, Dave. "Royal B.C. Museum director gives a crash course in what's ahead". Times Colonist. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Royal BC Museum" (PDF). 20 May 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  13. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 7.
Cultural offices Preceded byPauline Rafferty Director Royal British Columbia Museum 2012–2021 Succeeded byAlicia Dubois Preceded bySimon Thurley Director of the Museum of London 2002 – 21 March 2012 Succeeded byDavid Spence (Interim)