The V&A Trustees have appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as the new Director of the V&A.
Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously
the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education.
A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Victorian urban history. He is the author of
several books, including The English Civil War: At First Hand, and most recently Ten Cities That Made An Empire. A regular history broadcaster on BBC and Channel 4, Tristram has made more than a dozen series on subjects including Elgar and Empire, Isaac Newton and the English Civil War.
Hunt already had a working relationship with the V&A through his support of the ceramics industry. Together with the Art Fund, he played an important role in saving the Wedgwood Collection in 2014. The collection was gifted to the V&A and is on long-term loan to the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent.
Dr Tristram Hunt said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed Director of the
V&A. I have loved the V&A since I was a boy, and today it is a global leader in its unrivalled
collections, special exhibitions, academic research and visitor experience. ”
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