During this talk, he’ll explore the Museum’s global story, from its foundations in the 1851 Great Exhibition - the first international exhibition of design and manufacture - to the new V&A Gallery at Design Society.
The V&A’s founding commitment to design, education and industry frames these global conversations, and continues to define the Museum’s local, national and international purpose today.
Dr Hunt will consider how the V&A’s educational mission is promoting the designed world to the widest possible audience.
Dr Tristram Hunt has been Director of the V&A since February 2017. Formerly the UK Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central, he served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education. 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 several books, most recently Ten Cities That Made an Empire (2014).