Paterson Memorial Lecture: A Museum for the Future (Tristram Hunt)

Date(s) - 6th Dec 2017

Pittville Pump Room

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Tristram HuntThe Paterson Memorial Lecture 2017

Tristram Hunt

A Museum for the Future: What lies in store for our Museums and Galleries?

Cheltenham Civic Society have been extremely fortunate in securing as their Paterson Memorial Lecturer the newly appointed director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tristram Hunt.  This January, he resigned from a distinguished Parliamentary career, having served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, to take up this important post.

From 2001 to 2010, Tristram combined being a Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London, with presenting a range of radio and television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. His published works include books on the English Civil War, the rise and fall of the Victorian city, the life of Friedrich Engels and, most recently, Ten Cities That Made an Empire.

A Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, he played a key role in saving the Wedgwood Collection.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Council of the Royal College of Art.

As an enthusiastic campaigner for arts education, he is an admirable choice to head the world’s leading decorative arts and design museum at a time when all museums are facing an uncertain future.  Tristram will undoubtedly deliver an upbeat and exciting view of what lies ahead.  All Friends are invited to join us at the Pump Room for a stimulating and enjoyable evening.

Tickets are £12 to include a glass of wine. Please download a Booking Form here and return as directed.