V&A restructure u-turn

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Plans to recast the curatorial make-up of the V&A are being altered following criticism of the scheme that it would mean a lessening of the museum’s expertise.

Director Tristram Hunt’s proposal to help make up lockdown enforced losses of £10m a year was to convert departments from the traditional material-based disciplines, such as textiles or metalwork, to geographical and time based units, such as European and Americas/medieval to revolution and African and Asian cultures.

The V&A has announced today that, though a restructuring will have to go ahead, the material base of the departments will remain; the museum is revising the proposal and extending the consultation period with staff.

“As part of the ongoing consultation process with V&A staff and trade union representatives, we have shared an updated proposal that retains and reforms the V&A’s materials-led approach, creates three new curatorial departments by bringing existing departments together in addition to a department for Asia, delivers the agreed savings, and builds a structure and vision that will connect with the audiences of tomorrow” said a statement.

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