From the new Exhibition Road Quarter to the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, exhibitions on embroidery to Ocean Liners and Opera – the V&A’s past bridges its future.
Dr Tristram Hunt traces the V&A’s genesis from its Victorian roots, discussing how the Museum’s founding commitment to the ‘artisan in design’ continues to define its mission today. By embracing its early purpose, the V&A is also shaping its future.
Dr Tristram Hunt has been Director of the V&A since February 2017. Formerly the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central, he served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education. Tristram was previously Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London, and has worked as a broadcaster for radio and television. He is the author of several books.
This lecture was recorded at Goldsmiths' Hall, and was the second in our annual lecture series.
The items in the V&A in Tristram’s lecture can be found in the V&A's Collections Online, links on our website.