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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Vietnam, historic houses & some spidery sketchbooks …. LGBT History Month at the V&A


After a very successful ‘London hub day’ at the start of the month (we’ll report more on this soon!), now comes time for our annual LGBT History Month afternoon of free talks and tours. This Saturday, we invite you to join us for three talks before rounding off the day with one of our monthly LGBTQ […]

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The Game of Love


A little late for Valentine’s Day, but perhaps of interest to those looking to ‘play the long game’; the object that has taken my fancy today purports to have some wisdom to impart on that tricky subject of love … It can be found in Gallery 5 (The rise of France) as part of the […]

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‘Europa and Britannia’ (V&A Podcast: Salon II)


Although they have now been open for exactly six weeks, I have to admit that I still get a thrill from popping down into the Europe Galleries to find them now populated, not only with objects but also real-live visitors. Visitors considering objects; taking in the new high ceilings and opened up spaces; conscientiously reading […]

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National Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History – London Hub

Logo designed by Gareth Marshall, University of Bedfordshire

Things may have seemed a little quiet on the blog recently, since we roamed about the Museum on Bird’s Armchair Tour, but behind the scenes the LGBTQ Group here at the V&A have been plotting and planning … As we make our way into the New Year, our attention is (as always) very much initially […]

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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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