The V&A is one of the world’s greatest collections of cultural objects, but for its Director, the V&A is all about people. Tristram Hunt speaks to the value of the V&A’s education programme, the museum’s digital presence and the importance of bringing people together through shared cultural experiences.

Tristram Hunt

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Culture in Vibrant Communities

Dr Tristram Hunt is the Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London – the world’s leading museum of art, design, and performance. Since taking up the post, Tristram has focused on support for design education in UK schools, expansion of the photography department, and encouraging debate around the museum’s global collections. In the coming years, Hunt’s priorities are to lead the transition of the V&A to become a multi-site museum, with V&A Dundee, the redesign of the Museum of Childhood, and the development of a new museum and Collections and Research Centre in Stratford, East London. Prior to joining the V&A, Hunt was MP for Stoke‐on‐Trent Central, and Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is the author of several books, including Marx’s General, Ten Cities That Made an Empire and, most recently, The Lives of The Objects – telling the story of the V&A collection.