University of Brighton Design Archives

Collections • Collaboration • Research


The University of Brighton Design Archives is an internationally significant research base with a curatorial team that initiates and promotes collaborative activity through a programme of projects. Founded on a scholarly resource focusing on British design and global design organisations in the twentieth century, we have been contributing substantially to the research profile of the University for over 20 years. The Design Archives welcome scholars and students from many academic disciplines researching the designed environment, the design profession and design practice.

Since the 1990s we have undertaken a range of innovative projects with a variety of partners including AHRC-funded collaborative doctorates and JISC-funded digitisation projects. In 2010, and again in 2017, the Design Archives were awarded core funding from the HEFCE Museums, Galleries and Collections fund. In 2020 we became an Accredited Archive Service.

In response to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, and to support the safety of our staff and researchers, the University of Brighton Design Archives is now making limited research appointments available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  We are continuing to provide an email enquiry service at We thank you for your understanding and wish good health to all our community.


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