2018 Historical Research lecture: Civic and domestic: collecting the home

The IHR’s annual Historical Research lecture was given, in 2018, by Tristram Hunt Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Victoria and Albert Museum's founding commitment to popularize design, education and industry has forged an enduring connection to house and home that continues to the present. Its foundations have been built on domesticity – through its collections and through the philosophies of many leading proponents – and have played a leading role in the museum's egalitarian vision of ‘art for all’. In this deep-seated affinity to the everyday arts of living, the V&A's two keystones – the civic and the domestic – have shaped its ambitions and duties, and continue to guide museum life today.

Historical Research, Volume 92, Issue 255, February 2019, Pages 228–229.

Available to read in Historical Research.