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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Dates for your Diaries!

As we enter 2015, we have a number of events coming up that I’d encourage you to pop in your diaries right away. More details about all of them will follow soon but for now here are two key dates to scribble down. NB: We’ll also have a big announcement about another exciting event coming soon! […]

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A ‘Tragedie en Musique’ performed on 8th January 1685

Today in 1685 ‘Roland, tragédie en musique’’was first performed by the Académie Royale de Musique before King Louis XIV at Versailles. This 1685 publication of the libretto to ‘Roland, Tragedy in Music’ will feature in the new Europe Galleries as part of a display looking at musical performance in the 17th century. ‘Roland’ is one of […]

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Helping to ensure life and movement in the galleries, Harlequin invites you dance, play and perform with him

Help us ‘Masquerade’ at the Museum this week …

This week, visitors to the Museum will be able to take a sneak-peak at an exciting interactive being created for the new Europe 1600-1800 galleries. ‘The Masquerade’ is an interactive film, offering a fictional view of 18th-century Venice. By interacting with our mischievous guide Harlequin, visitors will be able to shadow the main characters as […]

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Born on This Day: Queen Christina of Sweden

This post will be taking a look at Christina, Queen of Sweden from 1633 to 1654, who was born today in 1626 (O.S. 8th December). The daughter of Gustav II Adolph (Gustav Adolphus of Sweden) and Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg; following her father’s death at the Battle of Lützen in 1632, Christina took the Swedish throne […]

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Are you sitting comfortably? – or, plumping up a 17th century Dutch cushion

With the weather getting that bit nippier out there, it’s rather nice to turn our thoughts to home comforts. However in this case it is the home comforts of a 17th century Dutch household. This tapestry cushion cover will feature in our Dutch Domesticity display. In 1648, after a long military struggle, the Dutch Republic […]

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Curating Crucifixes

On the festivities front it may be the wrong time of year for it, but we have recently been discussing how to display The Crucifixion. This wonderfully detailed ivory group will feature in one of our displays looking at Catholicism and, whilst others are deciding how to display their nativity scenes, we have been deciding how […]

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Born on This Day: Bernini – leading light of the Baroque

A prolific sculptor, architect, painter and draughtsman; Gianlorenzo Bernini was celebrated for his astonishing ability to produce ‘living’ marble sculpture. He is regarded today as the most important early exponent of the Italian Baroque style. Bernini was patronised by a succession of popes and other important patrons as a sculptor, an architect and a designer […]

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The Red Ribbon

Many people have an individual reason for wearing the Red Ribbon but it is generally understood as a symbol to demonstrate awareness and support for people living with HIV and AIDS. The Red Ribbon first appeared in 1991, the result of the shared ideas of a group of New York artists who had gathered to discuss a […]

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World AIDS Day

In 1988, a summit of health ministers from around the world nominated 1st December as World AIDS Day, a day of action designed to raise public awareness of HIV (human immuno-deficiency virus infection) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). Today is the 26th World AIDS Day. Today, although there is increased access to treatments for […]

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Born on This Day: Sophia Eleonore of Saxony (‘lover of books’)

Sophia Eleonore of Saxony (23 November 1609 – 2 June 1671) was a Duchess (Herzogin) of Saxony by birth. The daughter of John George I, Elector of Saxony and Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia, she was one of ten children. This charming wax portrait of her will be on display in the new Europe Galleries next year. Nothing is […]

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