Martin Roth, Director of the V&A


Martin Roth

Martin Roth has been Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum since September 2011.

Before joining the V&A, he was Director General of the Dresden State Art Collections (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), overseeing 12 museums and galleries. During this time the Dresden museums underwent major renovation and modernisation and Roth created an extensive network of international partners, which led to numerous exhibitions overseas.

From 1996 to 2001 Martin Roth was a member of the senior management of the Expo 2000 in Hanover and Director of Thematic Exhibitions.  He was President of the German Museums Association from 1995 to 2003, and a member of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Advisory Board in Berlin until his relocation to London in 2011. From 1991 to 2000 he was Director of the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden, the first German science museum, and prior to that he was Curator at the Deutsche Historische Museum (1989-2001).  He remains a personal member of the German Olympic Sports Federation. 

Martin Roth is a Trustee of the British Council and a member of both the Council of the Royal College of Art and the Court of Imperial College in London.

After completing his PhD on the History of Museums and Cultural Politics in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich at the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen in 1987, Martin Roth became a researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, E.H.E.S.S. in Paris. Following this, in 1992, he became a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Martin Roth has lectured at the University of Dresden, the School of Design in Karlsruhe, and the University of Karlsruhe.

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