Aileen Dawson

Curator, post-medieval collections (1660-1800)
Europe 1660-1800

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory


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Aileen Dawson is responsible for collections dating from 1660-1800, which include an extensive group of ceramics and glass, enamels, ivories and around 90 pieces of portrait sculpture. Her interests are French and German porcelain, English pottery (especially eighteenth century Wedgwood and Staffordshire productions) and glass. Aileen is in charge of the Ceramic Study Centre (open by appointment for study of post-medieval ceramics and glass not currently on public view).

Aileen has worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum (Ceramics Department) and the National Trust, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire.

Current projects

Article on French glass of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Previous projects

Part of curatorial group for the Enlightenment Gallery

Participated in the Europe 1400-1800 and the nineteenth century galleries

Established the Ceramic Study Centre

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

Board member of the Association for the History of Glass

Recent publications

A. Dawson, Masterpieces of Wedgwood, British Museum Press, 1995 (revised ed.)

A. Dawson, A catalogue of French Porcelain in the British Museum, British Museum Press, 2000 (revised ed.)

A. Dawson, Portrait sculpture, a catalogue of the British Museum collection c. 1675-1975, British Museum Press, 1999

A. Dawson, The Art of Worcester Porcelain 1751-1788, Masterpieces from the British Museum Collection, British Museum Press, 2007

A. Dawson, English and Irish Delftware 1570-1840, British Museum Press, 2010