What the V&A’s director actually said about digitisation

This article is part of our press review.

Contrary to media reports, Tristram Hunt says museum is “very passionate” about unlocking its collections online.

Tristram Hunt, the new director of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, recently appeared to take an unlikely stand against the digitisation of museum collections. “Museums are rethinking the rush to digitise their collections amid concerns that such projects are costly and of little value,” wrote the Times newspaper, in a report on Hunt’s comments at the Hay Festival in Wales. Some may have assumed that Hunt, a historian specialised in 19th-century Britain and a former politician who had never before worked in a museum, had turned his back on 21st-century technology.

LONDON - JULY 2, 2017. The new courtyard at the west entrance to the huge underground galleries of the Victoria & Albert Museum, designed by Amanda Levete at South Kensington, London. - Ron Ellis / <a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/fr/image-photo/london-july-2-2017-new-courtyard-674720086?src=qetY5vdko_h_L11tOFmvkQ-1-10">Shuttertsock</a>

LONDON – JULY 2, 2017. The new courtyard at the west entrance to the huge underground galleries of the Victoria & Albert Museum, designed by Amanda Levete at South Kensington, London. – Ron Ellis / Shuttertsock

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