Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert museum, will give the James White Lecture 2017 on the 30 November 2017 at Dublin Castle, under the title Embracing the Past, Preserving the Future.
"Our diverse landscape of museums are major national assets for both the UK and Ireland, representing the united strength of our cultures, histories and creativity. Dr Tristram Hunt will discuss how the V&A - as a national museum born of the 19th century design school movement and the first museum to establish a nationwide lending programme - works hard to ensure its collections, exhibitions and resources reach the widest possible audience. Though as the UK prepares to leave the EU, and politicians debate the UK/Ireland border, Tristram Hunt will make the case for reasserting our national and international cultural connections that leverage our great heritage assets in contemporary and innovative ways."
Dr Tristram Hunt became Director of the Victoria and Albert museum in February 2017. Formerly the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central, he served as the Labour Party's Shadow Secretary of State for Education.
He has a First Class degree in history from Trinity College, Cambridge (1995), and served as an Exchange Fellow at the University of Chicago (1996). Tristram has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, on ‘Civic Thought in Britain, 1820-1860' (2000).
In 1997, he became a Special Adviser to Science Minister Lord Sainsbury (1997-2000), Associate Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Between 2001-2010, Tristram combined his post as Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London, with work as a history broadcaster and author, most recently publishing ‘Ten Cities That Made an Empire' (2014). He has lectured on British and international culture at the Centre for European Studies, University of California Berkeley; the Centre for European Studies, Harvard; Princeton University and the National University of Singapore.
Tristram has served as a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the History of Parliament Trust. He played a key role in helping to save the Wedgwood Collection from dispersal and is President of the British Ceramics Biennial. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
The Irish Museums Association is presenting this year's lecture with ICOM National Commitee for Ireland. Both organisations would like to acknowledge the support of Dublin Castle, Office of Public Works - Historic Properties, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council.
Admission is free but booking is essential. Click here to book a place for this lecture.