Museums at the Crossroads? Essays on Cultural Institutions in a Time of Change

Prof Jack Lohman


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In this collection of illuminating essays, Jack Lohman shares his views on the role of museums in the various cultures of the world, on the importance of architecture and design in the personality of a museum, on the challenges of creating resilient cultural institutions in the face of financial crises, and much more. He speaks from the heart and from his many years of experience in some of the great museums, in London, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Warsaw and many other cities around the world.

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December 2013, paperback, 272 pages

ISBN 978-0-7726-6698-7


“Jack pioneers a vision that is at once practical and illuminating, but at its core international. Going beneath the surface of museums, he offers a fresh perspectives, opening our eyes to our fears and our dreams.” – Elaine Heumann Gurian, senior museum consultant.

“Jack’s writing style brings a fresh and original perspective to museums – always optimistic, always contemplative – that can help us re-imagine our future.”  – Alissandra Cummins, director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and chair of the UNESCO Executive Council.

“Jack Lohman is one of the few museum directors to have worked in the northern and southern hemispheres with the experience and imagination to understand the issues confronting museums today.” – W. Richard West Jr, president of the Autry National Center of the American West and founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian.


About the Author

Jack Lohman is chief executive officer of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria and professor in museum design at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway. Before coming to Canada, he was chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw, director of the Museum of London and chief executive officer of Iziko Museums of Cape Town.

“Much of what I do is giving direction and coaching people in museums along new paths of thinking, and challenging them to explore new directions in dealing with collaboration. These essays are reflections on journeys to and sojourning in museums around the world.”       – Jack Lohman

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