News and Events
12 November 2018
The Victoria and Albert Museum The Past and the Future
Presented By Leicester Literary and Philosophy Society
About this event
Dr Hunt will discuss how the museum’s founding commitment to design, education and industry continues to define it today. Tracing the museum’s genesis from its Victorian roots, he considers how the V&A’s civic foundations – the national and the global – engendered a world-class collection. He will use this cultural lens to consider the museum’s place in the world today.
Dr Tristram Hunt became Director of the V&A in February 2017. Formerly he was Labour the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central.
He has a First Class degree in history from Trinity College, Cambridge. While there he was a member of the Footlights alongside David Mitchell and Robert Webb. His PhD, from the University of Cambridge, was on ‘Civic Thought in Britain, 1820-1860’.
In 1997, he became a Special Adviser to Science Minister Lord Sainsbury until 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 VictorianCity (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).
Dr Hunt 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.
He has served as a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the History of Parliament Trust.
Whilst an MP he played a key role in helping to save the Wedgwood Collection from dispersal and served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He is President of the British Ceramics Biennial and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Professor Nigel Wood, Senior English Lecturer at the School of the Arts, English and Drama, is the current President of the Lit and Phil Society.