Centre for Design History

Rebel Networks: Histories of Life Reform

Dr Annebella Pollen reports back from a workshop at University of Strathclyde that brought together academics interested in histories of the new age. The years immediately preceding and following the First World War witnessed a flourishing of organisations including suffrage societies, workers’ education associations, animal rights campaigns, design and architectural reform bodies, the peace movement,…

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Material Lives: Methodologies for Researching the Histories of Everyday Dress

Suzanne Rowland, PhD student at the University of Brighton, describes a collaborative event at Worthing Museum. On 5 July 2019 a joint study day took place between members of the University of Brighton research group Objects Unwrapped and the Fashion Research Network (FRN) at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery (WMAG). Material Lives: Methodologies for Researching…

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Conference | The Radical Sixties: Aesthetics, Politics and Histories of Solidarity

28th – 29th June 2019 University of Brighton Opening public roundtable on the evening of 27 June 2019 Speakers include: Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, S.T.E.P. Karma Nabulsi, University of Oxford. Conference keynote speakers: Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental Institute for Social Research. Cynthia Young, Pennsylvania State University. CONFERENCE PROGRAMME: Radical-Sixties-Programme An international interdisciplinary conference jointly organized by the University of Brighton’s Centre…

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Workshop | Exhibition Histories & Digital Futures

24th Jun 2019 12:30pm-4:00pm Grand Parade, G4 University of Brighton Exhibition Histories & Digital Futures Workshop with Sarah Victoria Turner, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art   To celebrate the Centre for Design History’s new Museums, Archives and Exhibitions research strand, and the inaugural term of the CDH’s Exhibition Histories reading group, we are…

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Symposium Report – The New Typography: Graphic Design in Weimar Germany 1919–1933

by Sandy Jones   Symposium – The New Typography. Graphic Design in Weimar Germany 1919–1933 Bard Graduate Center, New York. March 22, 2019 ‘Jan Tschichold and the New Typography. Graphic Design Between the World Wars.’ Bard Graduate Center. February 14 – July 7, 2019. bgc.bard.edu.   The Symposium, The New Typography. Graphic Design in Weimar…

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Reframing 19th-century Fashion and Dress Symposium

Dr Kate Strasdin delivering her paper “A Life in Fragments – Re-framing 19th Century Dress Practices through the Dress Diary of Anne Sykes” at The Reframing 19th-century Fashion and Dress Day Symposium. 11 June 2019. Photograph by Hannah Rumball. Report by Dr Hannah Rumball, Lecturer in Critical Studies, University of Brighton On 11 June 2019,…

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Memory of Clothes Study Day at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Dr Annebella Pollen, organiser of the Objects Unwrapped: Memory of Clothes Study Day at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, reports on the June 2019 event. As intimate items worn close to the body, clothes act as interfaces between self and world; they accompany us through everyday life and pick up personal memories and public associations…

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Closed Workshop | Anglo-Swiss Connections in an Expanded Field: Modernism in Typography and Graphic Design, 1950-80

3-4 June 2019 A research workshop hosted by the Centre for Design History and University of Brighton Design Archives   Leads: Harriet Atkinson (UoB Centre for Design History); Jeremy Aynsley (UoB Centre for Design History); Sue Breakell (UoB Design Archives); Lesley Whitworth (UoB Design Archives) This workshop is intended to bring together researchers interested in…

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Victor Papanek’s Social Design Legacy

Karen Fraser, MA History of Design and Material Culture, reviews a new book that explores pioneering ideas and practices in global social design.   Victor Papanek [1923-1998] was an Austrian-American designer, author and activist who was concerned with design and its social, environmental and ecological consequences.  His pioneering attempts to disseminate the word of social…

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MAE Practitioners’ talks | Curating Contexts and Collections

22 May 2019 12pm-1.30pm Edward Street, 102 University of Brighton   Curating Contexts and Collections Joe Hill (Director, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne), Rosie Cooper (Head of Exhibitions, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill) and Helen Grundy (Senior Keeper, Creative Programme, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery) outline the distinctive approach taken to exhibition-making by their institutions. The…

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