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Tuesday, 6 October 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Online Lecture

Engels and Marx: Revolutionaries in London

Dr Tristram Hunt

On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Engels, his biographer Tristram Hunt looks at how both Engels and Karl Marx were deeply affected by their time in London in the second half of the 19th century. 

London, then the heart of the British Empire, transformed the thinking of these two revolutionary philosophers on finance, on working people’s lives, on cities, and on women voting. 

Hunt will look at the remarkable personal and family lives of the ‘The Old Londoners’ as they became known, in their North London homes at Primrose Hill and Chalk Farm.

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Dr Tristram Hunt is the Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Since taking up the post in 2017, Tristram has focused on support for design education in UK schools, expansion of the photography department, and encouraging debate around the museum’s global collections.  In the coming years, Tristram’s priorities are centred around the transition to a multi-site museum, with V&A Dundee, the redesign of the Museum of Childhood, and the development of a new museum and Collections and Research Centre in Stratford, East London.  

Prior to joining the V&A, Tristram was MP for Stoke‐on‐Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is the author of several books, including Marx’s General, Ten Cities That Made an Empire and, most recently, The Lives of The Objects – telling the story of the South Kensington collection.

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