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Design Research & Its Participants 2016

Design Research & Its Participants was an invited curatorial intervention in the fiftieth anniversary conference of the Design Research Society, taking place in Brighton 24-27 June 2016.  Curated by Dr Lesley Whitworth, Design Archives’ Deputy Curator, the exhibition examined the… Continue Reading →

Joseph Emberton: the architecture of display 2015

The Joseph Emberton Archive has been made available for research at the University of Brighton Design Archives since 2002. This exhibition for Pallant House, curated by Professor Catherine Moriarty and Design Archives Archivist and Research Fellow, Sue Breakell, presents selected… Continue Reading →

Exploring British Design

Exploring British Design is a proof of concept, cross-sector web portal that conjoins data, expertise and audiences. It connects and amplifies information about Britain’s rich design history held in numerous museums and archives. Through the building of detailed biographical authority records… Continue Reading →

Design Exchange

Led by Professor Harriet Edquist, Director of RMIT Design Archives, Melbourne and Professor Catherine Moriarty, Curatorial Director of the University of Brighton Design Archives, this alliance sought to establish foundations for co-operation across the world in the form of research… Continue Reading →

‘Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art’ 2013

An exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, (9 March – 1 September 2013) A radical exhibition of popular art opened at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in the summer of 1951. Its curator, the artist, designer, writer and campaigner, Barbara Jones,… Continue Reading →

Poster Subject Specialist Network

The University of Brighton Design Archives is a member of the Arts Council-supported Subject Specialist Network for Posters. Archivist, Sue Breakell took part in a Posters Forum held at the V&A in May 2012 and Curatorial Director, Catherine Moriarty spoke… Continue Reading →

F H K Henrion research seminar 2012

Tuesday 24 July 2012 Hosted by the Design Archives, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton The Design Archives holds the rich and extensive archive of the designer FHK Henrion (1914-1990), which has enormous potential for research. A recent research seminar… Continue Reading →

‘House of the Vernacular’ exhibition 2011

Photographs of litter bins from the Design Council Picture Library were included in one of the major shows of the Brighton Photo Biennial. Selected by Martin Parr, the images formed part of the exhibition ‘House of the Vernacular’, an installation… Continue Reading →

60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain 2011

This year an exciting and diverse range of projects engaged with the extensive holdings in the Design Archives relating to the Festival of Britain. These include 77 files and over 400 photographs in the Design Council Archive dealing with the… Continue Reading →

Archiving Design Organisations 2011

Archiving Design Organisations A Design Archives seminar funded by the Design History Society Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton Monday, 6 June 2011 
10 – 3pm The Design Archives at the University of Brighton hold the archives of three major… Continue Reading →

The Festival of Britain

Dr Harriet Atkinson joined the Design Archives as Faculty Fellow in 2010. As the first Fellow to be nominated by the Design Archives, her expertise and research profile achieves a strong fit with a range of research interests across the… Continue Reading →

‘Towards an Atlas of the Design Profession’ 2011

A Collaborative Doctorate between the Design Archives and the Chartered Society of Designers. In September 2010 the Design Archives welcomed Leah Armstrong as its first AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral student. We are delighted to be working with the Chartered Society of Designers on… Continue Reading →

Look-Here! project 2011

A significant series of photographic images relating to the 1951 Festival of Britain, can be found among the holdings of the Design Archives within the Design Council Archive. Many of these are accessible online from the Visual Arts Data Service… Continue Reading →

Designs for Solidarity 2008

Taking a poster held within the University of Brighton Design Archives as a starting point, this display considered how photography was incorporated in graphic contexts as part of campaigning strategies in opposition to US intervention in Vietnam. This conflict was… Continue Reading →

Indoors and Out: Bernard Schottlander 2008

A joint exhibition project between the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and the University of Brighton Design Archives, this retrospective of Bernard Schottlander’s work explored the overlaps between his sculpture and design, and traced how the elegant interior forms of his… Continue Reading →

Gabriel Kuri – Brighton Photo Biennial 2006

As artist-in-residence at the University of Brighton Design Archives, Gabriel Kuri’s intervention As Selected for the Design Centre, London moved photography quite literally out of the archive and into the public arena. Taking as his starting point a pristine black and white… Continue Reading →

Air World – Vitra Design Museum

Design and Architecture for Air Travel This major touring exhibition originated by the Vitra Design Museum included graphic material from the F H K Henrion Archive. Luggage tags, timetables and other Celebrating the aesthetic of the golden age of air… Continue Reading →

Cultures of Consumption 2005

In 2005 Design Archives’ Deputy Curator Lesley Whitworth concluded her contribution to the multi-disciplinary ‘Cultures of Consumption’ research programme.  This ambitious 5 year programme was jointly funded by two UK research councils, the first such initiative by the ESRC and AHRC, and… Continue Reading →

Sculpture and Design 2005

A British Academy-supported conference organized by the Design Archives’ Curator Catherine Moriarty with Gillian Whiteley of Loughborough University, this event brought together a range of scholars to discuss the relationship between sculpture and design. It explored the connections between sculpture… Continue Reading →

The Photograph and Commodity Culture 2004

From its origins in the mid nineteenth century to the present day, photography has been intimately linked with the development of a commodity culture and to the processes of consumption. A one-day symposium organised by Photoforum and the University of… Continue Reading →

Ecstasy of Things, Winterthur, Switzerland 2004

‘Vom funktionalen Objekt zum Fetisch in Fotografien’, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland 2004. The Archive’s Curator was invited to co-ordinate research in the UK as part of a pan-European project to identify collections of photography of mass-produced goods and equipment produced by… Continue Reading →

Brighton Photo Biennial 2003

A series of cards selected by those working with, or closely connected to, the photographic holdings of the Design Council Archive (Council of Industrial Design) and published to mark the Brighton Photo Biennial 2003.

Designing Britain 1945-1975: The Visual Experience of Post-war Society 2002

An award of £132,000 from JISC enabled the delivery of a major project for the Design Archives, a suite of eight online e-learning and teaching resource modules based on the wealth of the Archives’ holdings. Lecturers from a range of… Continue Reading →

Thinking about doctoral study in an area related to Design Archives’ resources or staff expertise?

We welcome enquiries about joining the distinctive student cohort currently supervised by Design Archives’ academics whose unique approach integrates design and art historical scholarship, archival and curatorial practice, and professional engagement. In 2010 and 2011 the Design Archives won two… Continue Reading →

Royal Designers for Industry & Britain Can Make It, 1946

This resource lists those RDIs whose work was included in the Britain Can Make It Exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1946.

Les Sixties: Great Britain and France 1962-1973, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery 1997

The exhibition Les Sixties:Great Britain and France 1962-1973 examined art and society in France and Britain during the 1960s. It included photographs from the Design Council Archive relating to the exhibition L’Idée et la Forme. Design en Grande Bretagne that was held at the… Continue Reading →

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