Tristram Hunt new V&A director
The Labour MP Tristram Hunt is to be the next director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, resigning his Stoke-on-Trent Central parliamentary seat and prompting a by-election.
An historian by training, Hunt, 42, was a lecturer in modern British history at Queen Mary University of London before his election in 2010. He succeeds Martin Roth who resigned in September citing Brexit as his reason.
Hunt's books centre on urban history, specifically the Victorian era, which fits well with the museum's provenance, and has presented programmes for BBC Television and written in the national press on politics and history. He was shadow education secretary from 2013 to 2015, and is a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund. He lives in London with his wife, Juliet Thornback, and their three children.
In a letter to his constituents he said: "There were very few jobs that would have convinced me to stand down as MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, but the post of director of the V&A - the world's greatest museum of design, art and performance - is just that. It brings together all my lifetime passions of education.historical scholarship, meshing past with present, and public engagement".