Research & Curation at the V&A: London and Dundee

December 6, 2018


In this talk Joanna Norman, Director of the V&A Research Institute, will talk about her experience curating exhibitions and permanent galleries at the V&A including, most recently, the Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Dundee. In this keynote she will explore the interdisciplinary nature of museum work, what characterises research in a museum environment, and the challenges and opportunities for museums in a 21stcentury digital world, looking forward to the creation of a new V&A museum and collections and research centre in East London.

This keynote is part of the Association for Art History’s annual Careers Day, and is being held in collaboration with the History of Art Research Seminar Series in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow.


Joanna Norman Director of the V&A Research Institute. Joanna currently oversees all the V&A’s research activities, including postgraduate programmes and exhibition research and development. Her own background is in curatorial research, particularly focused on early modern Italy and France, which she has pursued through collaborative exhibitions and publications on Baroque style and in Europe 1600–1815, the V&A’s recently redisplayed permanent galleries of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design. Joanna studied Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge and Cultural and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute. Her research interests include the history of performance (from festivities to musical instruments) and the relationship between early modern Italian furniture and sculpture. She has a particular interest in the reconstruction of historic interiors inside and outside the museum environment. Joanna was also Lead Curator for the Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Museum of Design Dundee, opened September 2018.

Anyone who is interested in listening to Joanna talk about curating, research or art collections. The talk forms part of our annual Art History Careers Day and so will be aimed at undergraduates, masters and PhD students, as well as early career researchers who are interested in pursuing careers in museums and galleries and/or research. The talk is open to students studying other subjects and to members of the public.

This event is FREE of charge, but pre-booking necessary.

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This talk is free to attend, but you need to pre-book tickets. If you are attending the Careers Day the talk is part of your ticket.

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Image credit: The Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Dundee © Hufton + Crow