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Sharon Ament

Museum of London, Director

Sharon Ament is Director of the Museum of London, and is currently leading the process of creating a new museum for London in West Smithfield. Sharon joined the Museum of London in 2012 steering the next phase of the organisation’s development to more fulsomely reflect the energy and dynamism of London itself;  during that time annual visitor numbers reached 1million. This has been achieved through a programme of successful exhibitions including; Fire! Fire!, The Cheapside Hoard, The Crime Museum Uncovered, Tunnel: the Archaeology of Crossrail, Roman Dead and The Havering Hoard, the Museum has engaged more school children than ever, is experimenting wildly with all things digital and has acquired both its largest object – the Trump Baby balloon – as well as a fatberg! 

Sharon teaches, advises and presents internationally; and together with partners including the Barbican Centre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City of London Corporation is nurturing the development of Culture Mile. Sharon is a cultural ambassador for the Mayor of London sitting on the Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board and the London Area Council of Arts Council England. She is the Chair of the London Screen Archives and Co-Chair of the Women Leaders in Museums Network, a member of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, a Noyce Leadership Fellow, and on the Conseil Scientifique of Universcience in Paris and the International Advisory Board of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Sharon is Chair of the Jury of the annual Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards.

In 2021, Sharon was awarded the Freedom of the City of London and was listed in The Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List 2021.