In celebration of our exhibition Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth, this fundraising dinner will include a fascinating talk from the guest of honour, Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

When many of Britain’s museums owe their existence to the labours of private collectors, Tristram will look at the subject of Old Masters from the wider context of patronage and philanthropy. Exploring the legacy of great historic collectors, Tristram will reflect on some fascinating personal collections and the famous bequests that contributed so much to the V&A's early collection.

Dr Tristram Hunt is the Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London – the world's leading museum of art, design and performance. Since taking up the post in 2017, Tristram has focused on support for design education in UK schools, expansion of the photography department, and encouraging debate around the museum’s global collections.

In the coming years, Tristram’s priorities are centred around the transition to a multi-site museum, with V&A Dundee, the redesign of the Museum of Childhood, and the development of a new museum and Collections and Research Centre in Stratford, East London. Prior to joining the V&A, Tristram was MP for Stoke‐on‐Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is the author of several books, including Marx’s General, Ten Cities That Made an Empire and, most recently, The Lives of The Objects – telling the story of the South Kensington collection.  

Thurs 9 September 2021, 7.00pm - 10.00pm
£65 Exhibition Circle Members ● £85 Exhibition Circle Guests

Tickets include a glass of champagne on arrival, 3-course menu with wine and an after-dinner talk with coffee. Dress code is black tie.