Politician to head V&A
THE Labour MP Tristram Hunt is to be the new Director of the V&A it was announced last week. Dr Hunt, whose change of job will trigger a by-election in Stoke-on-trent, where he has played an important part in preserving the ceramics industry there, is well known as a historian and as a writer and broadcaster. His appointment has been confirmed by the Prime Minister and he will succeed Martin Roth in the coming months. This comes as the new Tate director is announced (Athena, page 30).
Dr Hunt, a former Shadow Education Secretary who was once mooted as party leader, is the author of Ten Cities that made an Empire, among other books, and is a lecturer in history at Queen Mary University, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historic Society.
‘I have loved the V&A since I was a boy,’ he says. ‘It is a moment of transformation and renewal there, with the upcoming opening of the Exhibition Road entrance and new sites and galleries in Dundee, Stratford and China. I am particularly pleased that, through the V&A ownership of the Wedgwood Collection, my passion for education in Stoke-on-trent can continue.’
Labour MP, historian and lecturer Tristram Hunt is to be the museum’s new director