Friday 4 May, 2018

V&A: Preserving the Past, Curating the Future

The Goldsmiths' Company was delighted to welcome Dr. Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, to give the second of our annual lectures at Goldsmiths' Hall on Wednesday 2 May.

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 traced 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.

Watch the lecture on Youtube below or on iTunes.

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


  • Perfume bottle, Made by Frederic-Jules Rudolphi. Purchased from the Exhibition of Industrial Art, Paris, 1844.View object
  • Interior view of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851, Hyde Park. Lithograph print.  View image
  • Hunting sword and sheath, by Marrel Frères, ca. 1851 View object
  • Flagon, manufactured by Charles Thomas & George Fox, for Lambert & Rawlings, ca.1851. View object
  • 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. View service
  • False Principle no. 16, Furnishing fabric 1850. View fabric
  • Gas table lamp, gilt brass and coloured glass, made by R.W. Winfield, 1848. View object
  • ‘Trellis’, woodblock printed wallpaper, William Morris, 1864, View design
  • Furnishing fabric ‘Honeysuckle’, designed by William Morris in 1876, made by Morris & Co View design
  • Eltenberg Reliquary’, gilded bronze and copper, ca. 1180, and French, 1853-55 View object
  • Vase by Ramsden and Carr1900-01, Read more
  • Silver, enamel and carved ivory jug by Gerald Benney1978. View Object
  • The Chellini Madonna,  bronze roundel by Donatello, about 1460 View object
  • The Three Graces by Antonio Canova, Italy, 1814-1817. View object
  • Large Leaves Bowl: sprig-moulded and hand-built porcelain (unglazed) by Hitomi Hosono, London, 2010. View object
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