Politi­cian to head V&A

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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

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