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The V&A

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Photo credit: The Victoria and Albert Museum 

UOB Behind the Scenes Lecture Series

V&A: the Civic and the Global
by Dr Tristram Hunt

22 March 2018 (Thu) | 7PM
Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate house, the University of Hong Kong (Click here for map)

Language: English
Free Admission. Registration required.

Speaker: Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Dr Tristram Hunt discusses how the Museum’s founding commitment to art, education and industry continues to define its purpose today. From the new Exhibition Road Quarter and the V&A Gallery in Shenzhen, 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.

Dr Tristram Hunt became Director of the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, in 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).

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