DR TRISTRAM HUNT,
DIRECTOR OF THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM,
TO GIVE 2017 RUSKIN FOUNDATION LONDON LECTURE
“The right function of every museum”, wrote John Ruskin, “is the manifestation of what is lovely in the life of Nature, and heroic in the life of Men.” Ruskin, the leading art and social critic of the Victorian era, was a passionate advocate of the value of museums, created his own museum for working people in Sheffield, and held strong views on national institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, explores the ideas and values represented by museums through Ruskin’s writings, and reflects on the changing role of museums in the 21st century.
Dr Hunt’s Ruskin Foundation London Lecture, “Ruskin and the Idea of the Museum”, will be given in the lecture theatre of the Victoria and Albert Museum on Thursday, 28th September at 6.30 pm.
The Ruskin Foundation London Lecture series was established in 2014, in association with Sovereign Films to present Ruskin’s ideas in a contemporary context. Previous speakers have been the Hon Anna Somers Cocks, OBE, chair of The Art Newspaper; Andrew Hill, Associate Editor of The Financial Times, and Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Entrance to this event will be by The Secretariat Gate, to the right of the main entrance on the Cromwell Road.
Doors open 6.30, the event will end at 9 pm.