Centre for Design History

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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Report: professional development placement with the North East Film Archive

Jenna Allsopp, former CDH postgraduate student representative, reports on her recent professional development placement with the North East Film Archive   In 2019, I undertook a 6 month professional development placement at the North East Film Archive [http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/], which was funded by Design Star [https://www.designstar.org.uk/] as part of my doctoral training. The aim of the…

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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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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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