Centre for Design History

Report | Physical to Digital: Conferencing in the Age of Covid

Centre for Design History PhD researchers Hajra Williams and Kate Guy reflect on their experiences of co-organising the recent CDH conference ‘Museum Exhibition Design: Histories and Futures’, 1-11 September 2020.   Conference beginnings Meeting in our supervisor’s office in Brighton in October 2019 to discuss a conference idea on museum exhibition design, we did not…

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Report | Members in the Media

Check out our member’s recent media appearances: Damon Taylor spoke with Deborah Sugg Ryan on ‘Trading Spaces’, a series that examines the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the British High Street. Listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000s18w (BBC Radio 4, originally broadcast 9 Feb 2021)   Veronica Isaac featured on an episode of ‘Free Thinking’ that explores fashion in…

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Report | Good Pictures and Unloved Photobooks

Annebella Pollen was an invited speaker at the online launch of the latest issue of Source: The Photographic Review on 4 February 2021. Annebella Pollen was invited to speak at the online launch of the new issue of the bi-monthly photography magazine Source on 4 February 2021. Annebella is a regular contributor to the magazine…

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New | RIG-ACORSO micro-research project: ‘Fashionable Tailoring for Women 1850-1920

AHRC/Design Star PhD researcher Suzanne Rowland and Professor Emirita Lou Taylor update us on the recent activity on the RIG-ACORSO micro-research project: ‘Fashionable Tailoring for Women 1850-1920 from European ateliers, Department Stores and factories and its gendered social and cultural impact.’  Appearances, Bodies, and Societies Research Interest Group (RIG-Acorso) is an international research group of…

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Event | New series: ‘IN CONVERSATION’

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of online ‘IN CONVERSATION’ events to celebrate recent publications by Centre for Design History members. Registration NOW OPEN! 4.30-6pm (GMT), Thursday 12 November 2020 IN CONVERSATION with Kim Sichel (Boston) and Jeremy Aynsley: Tim Satterthwaite: Modernist Magazines and the Social Ideal chaired by Harriet…

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Research in Lockdown: changing habits, slowing down, looking back

Design writer and teacher Liz Farrelly talks to Centre for Design History’s Harriet Atkinson about design during the pandemic   Harriet Atkinson: Hi Liz, perhaps you can start off by introducing yourself? Liz Farrelly – Hi, I’m Liz Farrelly, an educator working at University of Brighton, co-leading Cultural and Critical Studies for Graphic Design and…

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News | Call: AHRC TECHNE fully-funded doctoral studentships 2021-2

The Centre for History of Design (CDH) at the University of Brighton invites applications for AHRC TECHNE fully-funded doctoral studentships commencing October 2021. The Centre for Design History applies a cross-disciplinary perspective to understand how design in all its forms has shaped things, spaces and actions across time. University of Brighton is at the forefront…

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News | Picturing Jewish Fashion Designers and Makers during the Holocaust

CDH member Professor Emerita Lou Taylor will be speaking at an online event series running in autumn 2020 entitled Picturing Jewish Dress: Researching Belonging and Identification through Historical Visual Resources. Jointly organised by scholars  Dr Svenja Bethke (Hebrew University of Jerusalem/University of Leicester) and Dr Gil Pasternak (De Montfort University Leicester), the series focuses on visual representations of…

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News | Digital Dress History: Sartorial Society Series

PhD student Kate Debono reflects on a new mode of online research engagement for fashion history As the Centre for Design History considers how to develop and disseminate its research activities in a remotely-connected Covid world, an example of a successful initiative celebrating fashion and dress history has appeared during the disruption. The Sartorial Society…

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Report | Museum Exhibition Design: Histories and Futures Digital Conference

Sara Woodbury, art historian and curator, reflects on her experience of presenting her PhD research at our digital nearly carbon-neutral conference (NCN), ‘Museum Exhibition Design: Histories and Futures‘ organised by Claire Wintle, Hajra Williams, and Kate Guy   COVID-19 has changed the way we do a lot of things, or at least think about how…

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