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 design in Britain 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. As a distinctive component of the University’s research organisation, we work with researchers across the arts and humanities and beyond, particularly through our relationship with the Centre for Design History.

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. Since 2010, the Design Archives has received funding from Research England’s Higher Education Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund. In 2020 we became an Accredited Archive Service.

For more information about our collections, please Browse our Archives. Our catalogue descriptions are available on the Archives Hub, with selected digital scans. You can also find digital resources from our collections in our Document Library and at the Visual Arts Data Service.

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