Centre for Design History

exhibition view of he Kibbo Kift Kindred, exhibition view, Whitechapel Gallery, October 2015.

Exhibiting Research: Report from a PhD training workshop

Harriet Parry reflects on a training event for PhD students on the subject of turning research into exhibitions. Head-down and up to your eyeballs in a research project, it is easy to lose focus of a key scholarly requirement. As well as furthering knowledge in your chosen field, it is also important to share that…

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Poster: Winter Sales are Best Reached by Underground, 1924.

Edward McKnight Kauffer Study Day

V&A Museum 22 November 2019 In late November, Caitlin Condell and Emily Orr, curators at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, convened a study day for invited participants to explore the work of Edward Mc Knight Kauffer (1890-1954). The American designer, best known for his famous posters, will be the subject of a…

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West dean bauhaus

Bauhaus: Art and Education in Practice Symposium

Friday 18 October 2019 West Dean College of Arts and Conservation https://www.westdean.org.uk/events/bauhaus-art-and-education-in-practice-symposium   A 17th Century English manor house is about as unlikely a setting as could be imagined for a conference on Bauhaus – the radical and extremely influential modern design School and ethos that was founded in Germany in 1919. Or perhaps not?…

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CANCELLED: CDH | New cultures of curating: The emergence of issues-based museology — Tuesday 26 November

CANCELLED due to UCU strike action New cultures of curating: The emergence of issues-based museology 12:00-13:30, Tuesday 26 November 2019 Room G7, Pavilion Parade, University of Brighton* Recent years have seen a growth in the development of curatorial initiatives driven by issue-related or identity-based concerns. What motivates the development of these initiatives? What are the opportunities and…

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CDH Lunchtimes 2019-20 | 14th November 2019

1-2pm, Thursday 14th November 2019 M2 Boardroom, Grand Parade Come along and hear about the research of CDH’s current visiting scholars Miya Itabashi  “Japonisme in children’s books in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain” This talk will look at he representation of “Japan” and “the East” in the designs and illustraions of children’s books published in…

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1923 view of Royal Academy exhibition chronicle

Exhibition Histories and Digital Experience

Hajra Williams, PhD candidate, discusses a stimulating University of Brighton workshop exploring exhibition histories. To celebrate the Centre for Design History’s new Museums, Archives and Exhibitions research strand and to mark the end of the first year of the Centre’s Exhibition Histories Reading Group, a session was convened at the University on 24 June 2019…

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Reconfiguring Relations: Britain and the Bauhaus at Tate Britain

image credit: (fragment) Ben Nicholson OM, June 1937 (painting) 1937. Tate. © Angela Verren Taunt 2019. All rights reserved, DACS   On 18th October 2019, Centre for Design History researcher Dr Harriet Atkinson presented research related to her AHRC Leadership Fellow’s project ‘”The Materialisation of Persuasion”: Modernist Exhibitions in Britain for Propaganda and Resistance, 1933…

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What is Curating?

Wendy Marshall, MA Curating Collections and Heritage student, describes a recent roundtable on a slippery term. On 26 September 2019, MA Curating Collections and Heritage students were invited to a round table discussion, chaired by Dr Claire Wintle, and supported by the Centre for Design History under its Museums, Archives, Exhibitions research strand.  Keen to…

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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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