Dawn Hoskin

Title: Assistant Curator
Department: Furniture, Textiles & Fashion

I am an Assistant Curator working on the development of the new Europe 1600-1800 Galleries. My interests are wide-ranging but subjects I have particularly enjoyed exploring for this project include: European depictions of Africa and Africans; Dutch domestic interiors; early ballooning; the gambling halls of 18th-century Venice; the fashion for singeries (depictions of monkeys apeing human behaviour!); wig-making and hairdressing. My 'favourite' object going into the new Europe Galleries changes on an almost daily basis ... I am also Co-Chair of the V&A's LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Group.

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Queer Film Archives & An Armchair Tour – 22nd November


Having already given you a wee glimpse into some of the work we have been doing in preparation for our Being Human events, now is the time for me to clearly explain details of the events and encourage you to get the dates and times in your diaries. Firstly, both events are taking place on in […]

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Nights at the Museum – Creating an ‘Armchair Tour’ ….


Earlier this month, Zorian (my co-chair in the V&A’s LGBTQ Group) and I spent two long nights working in the Museum out-of-hours. This in itself isn’t something particularly unusual but it was definitely the first time that it has involved: carrying camera tripods and lights through the galleries; in-depth discussions about the intersections between colonialism and homophobia; […]

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Music to our ears – the Boissart mandore


It is always rather rousing to hear how museum objects can inspire, inform and entertain people in such a variety of ways. I’m particularly interested in when historic objects instigate or influence the making of a contemporary piece. This meant that last week I was very pleased to receive an email from Ian Pittaway letting […]

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Art and Science in Amsterdam


Following her visit to Liège, Project Curator Liz Miller has once more brought back some interesting new insights from her travels. —- On the 17th and 18th September 2015 I was fortunate to attend an international conference in Amsterdam on Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries (1560-1730), jointly organised by Huygens Institute for the History of […]

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So what’s been happening?


As the impending opening date suggests, the project has very definitely moved into a new phase since the days we were only allowed to go on site in guided groups, sporting hi-viz, helmets, steel toe-caps, goggles and gloves. Since then, the architectural features of the original Aston Webb interior have been restored; the main structures […]

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Last few days to see the reunited Ommegang

One of the marshals © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2015 is the 400th anniversary of the ‘Triumph of Archduchess Isabella’ in the Brussels Ommegang, which took place on 31st May 1615. To record the 1615 Ommegang, Isabella commissioned the artist Denys van Alsloot to produce six paintings depicting the entire procession. Only four of the original six survive, two being in the Prado in Madrid […]

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August in Liège

Drummers of 2015 © Liz Miller

Today we have a guest post from Liz Miller, one of the Europe Galleries Curators, recounting how a recent holiday to Liège called to mind some key features of the project. ———– The Belgian city of Liège lies about an hour by train to the east of Brussels. Even on holiday there is no getting […]

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‘Mde de Maupeou prays Mr Barbier to give the courier thirteen aunes of cloth … ‘

38041800167801 Letter from a series of Letters & Orders addressed to M. Barbier - Marchand de soie de la famille Royale & to his partner Tétard; French (Paris); c.1755 - c.95. National Art Library

Mde de Maupeou prays Mr Barbier to give the courier thirteen aunes of cloth following the selected sample; he would also like to put them on his bill. Ableiges 31 August 1789   Mde de Maupeau The Europe Galleries will boast a display dedicated to ‘Silks’. Considering the progression of 18th-century silk fashions ‘from design to […]

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“A-well-a, everybody’s heard about the bird, Bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word …”

bird beauty

Last week, my LGBTQ Co-Chair Zorian Clayton and I had the pleasure of meeting up with Bird la Bird and her friend Michael Atchmann in the Museum, to chat about plans for an exciting event we have coming up in November. Sunday 22nd November to be precise – so note it in your diaries now!! Its […]

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Presenting The Globe

THe Globe - European Gallery's - This installation by the Cuban art collective
Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) is a response to the theme of the Enlightenment. 26th June 2015

Some of you may have seen press reports in recent weeks, announcing the installation of ‘The Globe’, an exciting contemporary commission in the Europe Galleries. The Globe is a curved architectural sculpture made from a lattice of engineered beech that forms a ‘room within a room’. Whenever I need to visit the galleries (as part of […]

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