Martin Roth obituary

By Martin Bailey and Hella Pick

Director who put the Victoria and Albert Museum on the world stage

During his five years as director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Martin Roth put the London institution on the international stage, travelling tirelessly as its “ambassador”. His resignation last September – greeted with widespread surprise – was prompted to a significant extent by his disappointment at Britain's referendum decision the previous June to leave the EU.

Full of his usual energy, he left London with ambitious plans to become more involved in global issues. However, only a few weeks later he was diagnosed with cancer, from which he has died, aged 62.

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