V&A director: Colonial relics better off here
TRISTRAM HUNT has defended the V&A’s colonial collection and suggested that objects from former colonies should stay in the UK because people originally from those countries find it easier to see them here.
The former Labour Party politician said that the museum had not obtained all of its items from the colonies through “simply pillage and taking” and that the reality was often more complicated.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said that the Ethiopian ambassador had recently visited the museum.
He added that the museum has a collection of Sikh artefacts and that Sikhs in the UK “will value the fact that those objects are in the hands of the V&A and accessible to them, rather than in other parts of the subcontinent”.
The former MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central stepped down in January this year in order to take on the V&A directorship.