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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Out On Display #14: ‘authentically antique’ …

    Ganymede Feeding the Eagle Oil on paper laid on canvas Richard Evans Possibly Italy, 1822 Given by the artist 36-1870 On display in room 82         Portrait painter and copyist Richard Evans (1784 – 1871) produced this oil sketch in 1822, as preparation for an experimental fresco. Evans spent many […]

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Out On Display #13: ‘Nice Jugs’

  Anthropomorphic jug Red earthenware with applied and incised decoration and traces of glazing England late 13th or early 14th century C.50-1929 On display in room 10A Vessels depicting human characteristics have been produced for centuries. This early example of a ‘face jar’ is unusual for being decorated with both male and female features. The clay […]

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Out on Display 2.0, February 2015

Out on Display – version 2.0

You may remember that, to coincide with Pride 2014, we produced a limited edition guide to ‘A selection of LGBTQ-related objects on display in the V&A’. For the Queer and Now Friday Late, we decided that the guide should undergo a bit of a redesign and expansion for the occasion. The guide now includes 20 objects […]

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Easter Egg Hunt in the Europe Galleries

Never one to pass up on linking the Europe Galleries to celebrated dates in the calender, this Easter Sunday I thought we should go on a festive egg hunt through the Europe 1600-1800 Galleries. The rabbits in Andrew Pitcairn-Knowles’ photograph below may be 100 years too late to feature in the galleries, and 100 years […]

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The Rejected Divorce Gift & The Egyptian Pharaoh

To return to Napoleon’s marital affairs, today I’d like to introduce a great example of French porcelain from the Empire Period, that was part of a divorce gift rejected by Empress Josephine. This dinner plate will feature in a display demonstrating how Napoleon made the decorative and fine arts central to his new image and how […]

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Mini-Museum of Cardboard Curiosities

Over the past months a small museum of sorts has developed on the shelf behind my desk. The objects can’t really be described as examples of incredible craftsmanship, but they have proven to be extremely valuable in developing our displays. Nestled alongside my glamorous helmet and safety boots (needed for visiting the galleries whilst under-construction) are […]

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We Have Fans … Boxes, Canes & Eclairs(!)

        ‘Fans can express desires, at times even speak themselves; and what beauty does a fan give in the hands of a Lady who knows to employ it fitly! It can wind like a snake, flutter, point, unfurl, move up and down, according to the situation and circumstances.’   Louis-Antoine Caraccioli, 1757 […]

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What is LGBT History Month?

This year was the 10th anniversary of LGBT History Month and so we were particularly pleased to have been able to have programme two such successful events to mark this. I realise that not everyone reading this blog may be familiar with concept of LGBT History Month (or indeed its own history), so today I […]

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LGBT History Month 2015

So the after the party, not only did we have to help clean up but we also had to be back in the Museum bright and cheery the next morning, ready for our annual afternoon of events to mark LGBT History Month. This wasn’t too difficult a task though, as we were excited for the day […]

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A Marriage, a Medal & a Painter

With the Wedding Dresses exhibition about to close, this seems an apt time to draw attention to a medal going into the Europe Galleries, struck to celebrate an important marriage 205 years ago. This bronze medal celebrates Napoleon’s second marriage to Marie Louise, daughter of Francis I of Austria, in 1810 (following Napoleon’s divorce from […]

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