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Dawn Hoskin

Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Last week we decided how to make a putto fly.A putto (plural putti) is a figure represented in art as a chubby male child, often nude and sometimes with wings. This particular putto is a statuette made from limewood which was then painted and gilded. He was made in South Germany around 1755-60 and will be featuring in a display on Christianity in the Age of Enlightenment.He probably once formed...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Vibrations may have given the Beach Boys excitations but in a Museum vibrations can give curators and conservators serious concern.The movement of vibrations can put objects at risk of harm and potential damage. Vibrations can be created by a number of things, for example a busy road outside or foot falls on a springy floor. More conspicuous vibrations, such as those caused by heavy construction...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Last week Brodie Lyon posted about ‘The Château de Juvisy’ by Pierre-Denis Martin making its journey from Versailles to the V&A [see here]. The painting had been on display at the Palace of Versailles as part of the André Le Nôtre in Perspective 1613 – 2013 exhibition, celebrating the work of the noted landscape gardener, and designer of the gardens depicted in The Château...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Those of you who have passed by the Museum in recent days may have noticed that it is no longer being touted by Messrs Elmgreen and Dragset as a ‘New Residential Development’.Back in October, those artists took advantage of the hoardings covering up building works and used them to display this provocative sign as part of their installation piece ‘Tomorrow’. As a result of...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
I have to admit that many of the tasks I most enjoy are those which necessitate bringing together a number of museum objects in the same space. Placed together, objects seem to become more ‘alive’ as their various colours and textures draw out and highlight a range of different qualities in each other. So this week I was happy to visit the Conservation studios to discuss fabric...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
In a previous post I explained how we have been holding workshops with external specialists. These enable us to draw from a broad spectrum of expertise when focussing on specific areas of the galleries and their development.We recently held another of these workshops, this time focusing on a significant work that was first published in 1723: Picart and Bernard’s Cérémonies et coutumes...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
I was going to start this entry by mentioning how nice it is when going about the Museum to occasionally ‘run into’ Europe Gallery objects as they are being transported between various departments or studios.When leaving my office a few weeks ago I found this rather large frame at the top of our stairs (don’t worry it isn’t about to be rolled down them!). This is the frame...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
Some of the objects going into the galleries cannot be displayed in the usual display cases, most often because an object is particularly light sensitive. This means that its condition and stability would deteriorate if it was kept on long-term display, exposed to a constant light.To enable some of these sensitive objects to be included in the galleries, they will be housed in drawers that...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
At the start of December I introduced you to one of my (many) ‘favourite’ objects that will be on display in the new galleries – a handkerchief with a design commemorating the first manned, hydrogen-filled, balloon flight, that ascended from the Tuileries Palace on 1st December 1783.The handkerchief design obviously encourages discussion and consideration of different themes:...
Author: Dawn Hoskin (Assistant Curator)
‘All the Conversation here at present turns upon the Balloons’ Benjamin Franklin (France, 1783) Our galleries cover a period that witnessed many great scientific and technological discoveries and achievements. One of the most visually spectacular of these was the development of balloon flight. Ballooning was a scientific feat that caught popular imagination across Europe in the late...

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