Upcoming Events

Tour: Displaying the Tudors

Public Event Series – Nick Humphrey

  • 18 May 2023
  • Part of Tudors Now!, a public event series convened by Christina Faraday
  • V&A Museum

2.15pm–3.15pm and 4.15pm – 5.15pm

In 2001 the British Galleries 1500–1800 at the V&A underwent a major refurbishment, offering a cutting-edge approach to the curation of the period’s visual and material culture. In this tour of the Tudor Galleries, curator Nick Humphrey will walk us through the thought processes behind their award-winning curation, and the challenges and opportunities provided by the different media and genres represented in the collection. We will explore the different themes highlighted by the display, and the ways that the galleries enable objects to work together to create a holistic view of the period’s art.

Suggested Reading:

Titles with an asterisk are available in the Paul Mellon Centre Library.

Nick Humphrey and Christopher Wilk, eds. Creating the British Galleries at the V&A: A Study in Museology. London: V&A, 2004. *

Listing image credit: Unknown, Tudor Hanging, 1580-90, felted wool with applied silk and silk cord, 82 x 66 cm. Collection Victoria & Albert Museum, London (T.209-2004). Digital image courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum, London (All Rights Reserved)

About the speaker

  • Nick Humphrey is Curator, Furniture and Woodwork 1300–1700 at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Before joining the V&A in 1994 he worked for the National Trust and at Burghley House, Lincolnshire. He has published various articles and papers in relation to his contributions to the V&A’s galleries covering: Britain 1500–1900 (2001) for which he was the Tudor and Stuart curatorial lead; Medieval and Renaissance (2009); Europe 1600–1815 (2015); and the Dr Susan Weber Gallery of Furniture (2012), of which he was co-curator. He serves as Bursary Secretary for the Regional Furniture Society, and as a member of the Furniture History Society Editorial Committee.