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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

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Tuesday 12 October

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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 postgraduate researcher Flora Parkin on this tour of the V&A Collection, sharing untold stories about the museum’s historical role in today's profound crises. From objects controlling nature, to those reflecting extraction and empire, to the removal of human narratives from their entanglement with ecology, find out how the V&A is not just a museum of art, design and performance, but a museum of the Anthropocene.

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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