Talk Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Lunchtime Lecture: Ruskin and the Idea of the Museum

Join Dr Tristram Hunt for this week's free weekly lunchtime lecture

  • Wednesday, 20 November 2019

  • The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, South Kensington

  • Free event

Lunchtime Lecture: Ruskin and the Idea of the Museum photo

John Ruskin, the leading art and social critic of the Victorian era, was a passionate advocate of the value of museums: he created his own museum for working people in Sheffield and held strong views on national institutions such as the V&A. “The right function of every museum”, he wrote, “is the manifestation of what is lovely in the life of Nature, and heroic in the life of Men.” In this lecture Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, will explore the ideas and values represented by museums in Ruskin’s writings, and reflect on the changing role of museums in the 21st century.

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