Last chance: V&A/IHR Early Modern Material Cultures Seminars!

May 28, 2015
Embroidered picture of Mary Magdalene, English, 17th century. Museum no. T.57-2012 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Embroidered picture of Mary Magdalene, English, 17th century. Museum no. T.57-2012 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

You’re not too late for this year’s V&A/IHR Early Modern Material Cultures Seminars!

This Monday, 1 June, marks the penultimate event in 2015’s highly successful series. We’re very much looking forward to Dr William Fisher’s (University of New York) intriguingly titled paper, ‘Doctor Dildo’s Dauncing Schoole: Sexual Instruments and Women’s Erotic Agency in England, 1600-1725.’

Early Modern Material Cultures was organised by first-year MA V&A/RCA History of Design students. They’ve done a fantastic job curating a programme that brings together some of the very best research being done today on all aspects of material culture and design from 1450–1800. Not only that, they’ve undertaken the organisation of the events, even braving the terrifying experience of chairing the sessions. Watch this space for a post from this year’s seminar team with the inside scoop…

Dr Fisher’s seminar starts at 5.15pm sharp in the Wolfson Room (II), Basement, Institute of Historical Research, London. Events are free to attend, no booking necessary, but do contact if you have any questions.

All those with a research interest in the field are very welcome, so do come along and say hello.

To see what else V&A/RCA History of Design students have been up to, read our other blog posts, check our pages on the RCA website and take a look at Un-Making Things, a student-run online platform for all things design history and material culture.

We’d love to meet you if you’re considering studying History of Design. The V&A/RCA History of Design Programme will hold a special Open Day on Wednesday 1 July, which begins in the Humanities Show space at 3pm, before moving to the Humanities Seminar Room. For more details about how to find us, see here.

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I am a student in my final year at Queen Mary University Of London. For my dissertation I am working on cosmetics, clothing’s and props in Shakespeare’s plays. I was wondering whether it would be possible for me to be able to see this collection or if you have any collections on early modern dress/materials/ props/ cosmetics which would have been used in that time period?
Thank you very much for your time.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Sophie Wakeley

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