Museum of the Anthropocene: Hidden Histories in the V&A Collection

Oil painting entitled 'The Royal Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851' by Henry Wyndham Phillips. Great Britain, ca. 1850. Given by H. M. Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Event schedule details

Tuesday 12 October

15.30-16.30

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Free online event

We are living in the Anthropocene, an era defined by the legacies of industrialism, colonialism, and environmental breakdown, in which human activity has become the dominant force shaping our planet.

Join V&A Anthropocene Reading Group co-founder and researcher Flora Parkin, and design curator and researcher Janice Li on this tour of the V&A Collection, sharing untold stories of the museum’s historical role in the crises of today. From objects reflecting extraction and empire, to those removing human narratives from their ecological entanglements, find out how the V&A is not just a museum of art, design and performance, but a museum of the Anthropocene.

Join the live event online on the V&A Museum's TikTok

Image: Oil painting entitled 'The Royal Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851' by Henry Wyndham Phillips. Great Britain, ca. 1850. Given by H. M. Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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  • Adults
  • Talks and tours
Oil painting entitled 'The Royal Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851' by Henry Wyndham Phillips. Great Britain, ca. 1850. Given by H. M. Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London