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Image credit: Zehra Doğan, Fistan, 2019, Mixed-media, Tarsus Prison. Courtesy of the artist.

News | Rising Stars award for new research on Kurdish Art

Dr Ceren Ozpinar, Lecturer in History of Art and Design, introduces the context for her new research project, the subject of a University of Brighton Rising Stars award.   Where Matter Meets Memory: Alternative Political Futures in Kurdish Art Today When the news hit the headlines in 2017, global society knew a little about the reality of war in Kurdistan, the region that covers…

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Page from the Burnip Album, RPS.1177:1-32-2019. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Research in Lockdown: A Research Fellowship on a Detour

Rachel Maloney, the University of Brighton’s V&A Research Exchange Fellow, discusses how her project has had to adapt during lockdown. Rachel is an artist and researcher whose work focuses on memory and personal narrative within family photographs and archival collections. Family photograph of my Great Grandfather, 1930’s.   October 2019: An exciting beginning At the…

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News | New Book Contract: The Materialisation of Persuasion

The Centre for Design History are delighted to announce that Dr Harriet Atkinson, current recipient of an AHRC Research Fellowship, has secured a book contract for a new monograph. Dr Atkinson’s book, to be published by Manchester University Press, will be entitled Modernist Exhibitions in Britain for Propaganda and Resistance, 1933-1953: The Materialisation of Persuasion….

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Event | Museum Exhibition Design: Histories and Futures, 1-11 September 2020

Museum Exhibition Design: Histories and Futures An Online Conference 1-11 September 2020 www.musex-design.org   Conference Call for Papers Keynote Speakers: Prof Suzanne Macleod, University of Leicester, UK Prof Andrea Witcomb, Deakin University, Australia The exhibition and its power over objects and visitors is a commonly analysed aspect of museum history. Museum Studies is underpinned by…

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Research in Lockdown: Online Distractions and Inspirations

Annebella Pollen rounds up her digital engagement with design history under quarantine conditions. With the closure of museums, archives, libraries, bookshops and other cultural centres, most key sites for design history research are currently out of bounds. Like many researchers, I have had research trips and conferences cancelled and have moved suddenly to new ways…

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Exhibition | Curating The Ladies’ Paradise: A Hidden History

PhD student Jo Lance offers a view of her exhibition on early twentieth century fashion illustration for department stores at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. The Ladies’ Paradise is a fashion exhibition in the Norwood Gallery at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, September 2019- June 2020, which I created with support from the Museum’s curatorial…

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Research in Lockdown: Missing the Real

Jeremy Aynsley, CDH director, reflects on some current online exhibitions and virtual resources that enable continuing engagement with design history themes under quarantine conditions.   If, like me, at the moment you miss going to see exhibitions to see the ‘real thing’ in space and time, to be able to appreciate the methods, materials and…

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Research in Lockdown: Cyanotyping the Family Snaps

Jayne Knight, doctoral candidate in the history of photography, offers inspirational tips on how to keep researching while staying at home. As a PhD student researching popular photography at the National Science and Media Museum, I have been finding ways to stay connected to my research from home while the collections I am researching are…

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Report |The Art of Taxidermy Conference, February 2020

Image: Jazmine Miles-Long, Magpie (Pica pica), 2016   On 24 February 2020 I travelled to Colchester to attend a one-day conference on “The Art of Taxidermy”, which formed part of the Art Science Nature Seminar Series organised by the British Art Network https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/firstsite/conference/art-taxidermy. This interesting one-day conference featured several fascinating and complementary papers, relating to…

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News | National status award for Design Archives

Many congratulations to our colleagues at the University of Brighton Design Archives, which has been awarded national accreditation. The Design Archives, housed at the university’s City Campus in Grand Parade, holds what is considered the most significant body of material relating to post-war design organisations in any British university, alongside the archives of designers whose…

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