The Wallace and the World: Simon Sebag Montefiore in Conversation

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The Wallace and the World: Simon Sebag Montefiore in Conversation

The Wallace and the World: Simon Sebag Montefiore in Conversation

Date: Monday 12 December 2022 
Times: 18.30–19.30 GMT (book signing and refreshments until 20.30) 
Location: At the museum or online (Zoom) 
Speakers: Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Davinder Toor 

Description: Join award-winning writer and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore as he discusses his new book, The World: A Family History of Humanity, with renowned collector Davinder Toor. Explore some of the dynasties that shaped human history and their surprising connections to objects in the Wallace Collection.  

Followed by book signing and refreshments. 

About the Speakers: Simon Sebag Montefiore is an internationally bestselling author whose prize-winning books have been published in 48 languages. Prizes include the British Book Awards’ History Book of the Year for Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (2003), the Lupicaia del Terriccio Prize for The Romanovs (2016), the LA Times Book Prize for Young Stalin (2007) and the National Library of China’s Wen Jin Prize for Jerusalem (2011). He is also the author of the acclaimed Moscow Trilogy of novels: Sashenka (2008), Red Sky at Noon (2017) and One Night in Winter (2013), which won Political Novel of the Year Prize and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize. 

Davinder Toor is a leading figure among Indian and Islamic art collectors. He has acted as a consultant to major private collectors, auction houses and institutions such as the British Museum, V&A Museum and Wallace Collection. He currently lectures on the Arts of the Royal Sikh Courts for the V&A’s prestigious ‘Arts of Asia’ course. Objects from the Toor Collection of Sikh Art have been exhibited at major global institutions including at the Kunst halle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (Munich), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Brunei Gallery (London). Both collection and collector were featured on the BBC’s ‘Lost Treasures of the Sikh Kingdom’ (2014) and ‘The Stolen Maharajah: Britain's Indian Royal' (2018) documentaries. 

Take part at the Museum: Join us at the museum for this special talk. 

Watch Online: This talk will also be broadcast live from the museum. Online ticketholders will be emailed a link to join 24 hours in advance. Online ticketholders will also receive a link to view a recording of the talk, which will be available for one week only.  


Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
12/12/2022 18:30 19:30

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
At the Museum (Standard) £14
At the Museum (Concession) £12
At the Museum (Members) £10
Online Only £7
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