V&A: Preserving the Past, Curating the Future

May 3, 2018

From the new Exhibition Road Quarter to the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, exhibitions on embroidery to Ocean Liners and Opera – the V&A’s past bridges its future. Dr Tristram Hunt traces the V&A’s genesis from its Victorian roots, discussing how the Museum’s founding commitment to the ‘artisan in design’ continues to define its mission today. By embracing its early purpose, the V&A is also shaping its future.

This lecture was recorded at Goldsmiths’ Hall, and was the second in our annual lecture series. Watch the lecture on Youtube or listen to the podcast below or on iTunes.

The items in the V&A in Tristram’s lecture can be found in the Collections Online, links below.

Perfume bottle, Made by Frederic-Jules Rudolphi. Purchased from the Exhibition of Industrial Art, Paris, 1844.
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Interior view of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851, Hyde Park.
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Hunting sword and sheath, by Marrel Frères, ca. 1851
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Flagon, manufactured by Charles Thomas & George Fox, for Lambert & Rawlings, ca.1851.
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A Newfoundland dog, by Matthew Cotes Wyatt, British (London), ca. 1832-1834.  View object

Part of a tea service designed by Henry Cole and manufactured by Mintons.
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False Principle no. 16, Furnishing fabric 1850.
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Gas table lamp, gilt brass and coloured glass, made by R.W. Winfield, 1848.
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‘Trellis’, woodblock printed wallpaper, William Morris, 1864,
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Furnishing fabric ‘Honeysuckle’, designed by William Morris in 1876, made by Morris & Co
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Eltenberg Reliquary’, gilded bronze and copper, ca. 1180, and French, 1853-55
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Vase by Ramsden and Carr. 1900-01,
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Silver, enamel and carved ivory jug by Gerald Benney. 1978.
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The Chellini Madonna,  bronze roundel by Donatello, about 1460
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The Three Graces by Antonio Canova, Italy, 1814-1817.
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Large Leaves Bowl: sprig-moulded and hand-built porcelain (unglazed) by Hitomi Hosono, London, 2010.
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