The Lives of the Objects

Tristram Hunt

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In this intriguing insight into the work and history of a museum, V&A director and historian Dr Tristram Hunt brings together ten renowned V&A curators to tell the stories behind ten of their most treasured objects. ‘Tipu's Tiger' (an almost life-size wooden semi-automaton mauling a European soldier), the ‘Great Bed of Ware' (an Elizabethan bed for 8 people) and a Shakespeare First Folio are among the featured highlights whose route to the V&A collections are entertainingly revealed. Through these stories, this insightful history of museum curation – a world of careful study and sometimes remarkable fortuity – shows how the priorities of a museum are shaped and change over time.

Tristram Hunt is the author of several books on British history, and the Director of the V&A.

Publisher
V&A
ISBN
9781851779727
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
256
Weight (kg)
1.5
Height (in)
8.86
Width (in)
7.28
Subject
Design , Product Design
Published Date
31 / 12 / 2019

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