Jack Lohman, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal BC Museum was appointed CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list published on June 16. The CBE recognizes and rewards a prominent national and leading role demonstrated through a highly distinguished, innovative contribution with a wide impact.
In addition to his duties at the museum, Lohman holds the position of chair for the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland and is the professor in museum development at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway. He was previously director of the Museum of London (2002-12), where he led a $32 million redevelopment of the Museum’s Galleries of Modern London and the creation of the Museum of London Docklands.
Previously, Lohman was Chief Executive of Iziko Museums of Cape Town, South Africa, (1999-2002), an organization consisting of 15 national museums. He was Chairman of ICOM (the International Council of Museums) UK (2002-08) and a member of the UK National Commission to UNESCO (2002-10). He is editor in chief of UNESCO’s Museums and Diversity series. Lohman studied History of Art at the University of East Anglia and Architecture at the Freien Universitat in Berlin. He has received doctorates from the Polish University in London (PUNO) and Westminster University, London.
The Order of the British Empire is the order of chivalry of British democracy. Valuable service is the only criterion for the award, presented in this case for services to museums.