Centre for Design History

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

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 threats faced by these new museological interventions and…

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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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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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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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