The Lives of the Objects

The Lives of the Objects Collecting Design

Hardback (31 Dec 2019) | English

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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.

Published to explore in more depth some of the stories featured in the BBC six part series Secrets of the Museum

Book information

ISBN: 9781851779727
Publisher: V&A
Imprint: V&A Publishing
Pub date:
DEWEY: 708.2134
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 1020g
Height: 234mm
Width: 193mm
Spine width: 30mm