DIARY: Will the V&A’s newest trustee bring along some Turkish delight?

Antony Snow, the urbane UK chairman of Hill and Knowlton seems to be collecting trusteeships like other people do air miles.

Antony Snow, the urbane UK chairman of Hill and Knowlton seems to be

collecting trusteeships like other people do air miles.



Snow has just been appointed a trustee of the V&A Museum adding to an

already impressive list of commitments which includes the Royal College

of Arts, the Monteverdi Choir, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the National

Art Collections Fund.



Taking time off to pop into the office and return my call, Snow tells me

that his links with the art world go back to 1976 when he fled the UK

for America and a stint as director of the newly established Corning

Museum of Glass



‘It was a PR exercise for Corning which wanted to celebrate its one

hundredth anniversary, says Snow. ‘Not that it was all Corning glass -

we had glass from ancient Egypt, from all over the world,’ he says.



Does this mean we can expect to see the V&A adopt a more aggressively

commercial approach to its exhibits - perhaps a display on rugs

sponsored by H&K client the government of Turkey?



‘I think every museum has to think about commercial aspects very

carefully these days,’ says Snow warming to his subject



We have been warned.



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