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 for Revolution! – Friday Late (27th January 2017)

Becca Human | @becca.human is responsible for the stunning programme cover design

As many of you will be aware, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. But how far have we come in the fight for equality?This month’s Friday Late aims to consider this question, under the rubric ‘Out for Revolution’. We have been excitedly putting together the programme over the past few […]

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A history of gay and lesbian cinema in 10 films (16th February 2017)

Copyright © Number 9 Films (Carol) Limited / Channel Four Television Corporation 2014 –
All Rights Reserved

Thursday 16th February 2017 (18:30 – 20:30), British Academy As usual February is shaping up to be a busy (yet fun!) month for the LGBTQ Working Group. In addition to the upcoming events I’ve recently posted about, I am pleased to announce that Thursday 16th February will see our first collaboration with The British Academy. ‘A […]

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OUTing the Past (10th February 2017)

Colour print poster depicting David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust period, 1974
(V&A S.3679-1995)

Friday 10th February 2017 (18:00 – 21:00) We are pleased to announce that on the 10th February 2017 we will again be one of the national hubs for OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, the theme for this year’s festival is ‘Law, Citizenship […]

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Clemence Dane: The Invisible Woman (1st February 2017)

Rose Collis as Clemence Dane in 'Wanting the Moon'

Clemence Dane is the ‘invisible woman’ of British 20th century culture: a prolific and popular writer and artist, described by her great friend Noel Coward as ‘a wonderful unique mixture of artist, writer, games mistress, poet and egomaniac.’ Yet her name and achievements are almost forgotten today: she was the first British woman screenwriter ever […]

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EVENT: Following in the Footsteps of Vernon Lee

The Drakes: A group of butches, transmen and masculine-identified people who joined together in the spirit of masculine solidarity in early 2012. Photographer - Kay Fi'ain.

Sunday 20th November 2016                                                                                                       […]

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Bringing Innovation


The Out in the Museum blog may have appeared rather quiet of late but that doesn’t mean all has been ‘quiet on the queer front’ here at the Museum. As today marks the official start autumn, now seems an apt time to start reflecting on what has been a full summer of LGBTQ-related work, play and […]

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Marching with Pride: Nickos

Proud day: Nickos, with Lauren and Amy from the LGBTQ Working Group

Today Nickos, the Museum’s Registrar, shares with us some of his thoughts about marching as part of Pride in London. ‘I haven’t marched for Pride for several years but as this is the first time museum and gallery employees will have a place, I had intended to do so before the Orlando killings. This horrific event though left […]

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Worn with Pride: Edward Carpenter ‘person of note’


My fellow LGBTQ Working Group Co-Chair chose to adorne his Pride t-shirt with a portrait of Edward Carpenter (1844 – 1929), a socialist writer and campaigner for homosexual equality. Zorian said he opted for this portrait from the V&A collection as he considers Carpenter such an inspirational trailblazer and an example of someone with an impressively ‘out […]

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Worn with Pride: Solidarity & Protest

pride placard

For my Pride t-shirt I chose to use this photograph of Russian activist Alexey Kiselev at a protest rally in Moscow on February 4th, 2012. The double-sided placard he is holding was one in a series of placards made by queer marchers. It was the first time that the rainbow/’LGBT’ flag had appeared in a […]

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Worn with Pride: A patchwork rainbow

Maggie and her handiwork taking centre-stage

In the run-up to Pride, Maggie from HR was spending her evening with needle and thread in hand. She definitely came out on-top in terms of crafting and manual effort amongst the group (the rest of us opting for iron on transfers and marker pens) and her handiwork drew lots of admiring comments on the […]

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