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Dr Tristram Hunt, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum

Northumbria University

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V&A - The Civic and the Global

Dr Tristram Hunt, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum

This lecture is organised in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

 

 

Lecture Theatre 002, Northumbria University, Business and Law Building, City Campus East

Refreshments will be available from 6pm.

Synopsis 

Dr Tristram Hunt is director of the V&A: the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. He’ll explore how the Museum’s founding commitment to art, education and industry continues to define its purpose today. From the new Exhibition Road Quarter and V&A Dundee, to exhibitions on embroidery, Ocean Liners and Opera, the V&A’s past bridges its future. Tracing the Museum’s genesis from its Victorian roots in the Design School Movement of the 1830s and its establishment as the Museum of Manufactures in 1852, he considers how the V&A’s British, Germanic, Indian and Oriental origins have engendered a world-class collection: a cultural lens to consider the Museum’s evolving place in the world today. Dr Hunt explores how museums can retain their relevance and purpose in our contemporary age of Brexit, Netflix and digital technology.

About the speaker

Dr Tristram Hunt became Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in February 2017. He is a former Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central and served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

In 1997, he became a Special Adviser to Science Minister Lord Sainsbury (1997-2000), Associate Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, King’s College, Cambridge and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Between 2001-2010, Tristram combined his post as Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London, with work as a history broadcaster, presenting a range of radio and television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. He is the author of The English Civil War: At First Hand (2002), Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City (2004), the award-winning biography, The Frock-coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (2009), and most recently Ten Cities That Made an Empire (2014).

He has lectured on British and international culture at the Centre for European Studies, University of California Berkeley; the Centre for European Studies, Harvard; Princeton University and the National University of Singapore.

Tristram has served as a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the History of Parliament Trust. He played a key role in helping to save the Wedgwood Collection from dispersal and is President of the British Ceramics Biennial. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Event Details

Northumbria University
Business and Law Building
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 1UY


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