Centre for Design History

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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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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MAE Practitioners’ talks | Charleston: the challenge of injecting change while protecting charm

29 May 2019, 12pm-1.30pm Grand Parade G4 University of Brighton   Charleston: the challenge of injecting change while protecting charm Director and Chief Executive, Nathaniel Hepburn addresses the challenges of bringing change to a much-loved cultural organisation, and the journey that the staff, stakeholders and audiences are taking as Charleston moves from a seasonal, “pilgrimage site” for…

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Collectors / Collecting / Collections: A Study Day

Caroline Hamilton, a University of Brighton / Royal Pavilion and Museums PhD student, outlines how themes of collecting and collections brought diverse student scholars to Brighton.   Collect verb – bring or gather together. Systematically seek and acquire (items of a particular kind) as a hobby Collector noun – a person who collects things of…

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CDH Lunchtimes | Enhancing engagement with cultural heritage collections using 3D digital technologies

7 May 2019 1pm-2pm Grand Parade, G4 University of Brighton   Karina Rodriguez Echavarria Enhancing engagement with cultural heritage collections using 3D digital technologies The presentation will discuss opportunities created by 3D technologies for enhancing the engagement of diverse audiences with cultural heritage collections. This research was developed in collaboration with local partners including the…

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From Medici Art to Modern Jewellery: Two New Staff Books

Second year BA History of Art and Design student, Jess Kellow, reviews our recent book launch that introduced new publications by Centre for Design History staff.   In February 2019, the Centre for Design History held a book launch for two newly published works, which was attended by staff, students and visitors. The books that…

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Book Launch | new works by our members

27 February 2019 5:30pm-6:30pm Grand Parade G4 University of Brighton   Join us to celebrate the publication of two new books by members of the Centre for Design History: Simon Bliss (School of Art) Jewellery in the Age of Modernism 1918-1940: Adornment and Beyond (Bloomsbury 2018) Angelica Groom (School of Humanities) Exotic Animals in the…

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Workshop | Daniel Huppatz: Mapping Design’s Histories Beyond Euro-America

5 February 2019 10pm-12pm G7 Pavilion Parade University of Brighton   Mapping Design’s Histories Beyond Euro-America D.J. Huppatz (Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne) For over a decade, design historians have been arguing that a global perspective on the discipline is essential. While progress has been made, histories of design beyond Euro-American paradigms tend towards small-scale…

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