University of Brighton Design Archives

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Furniture Selection Committee at Britain Can Make It Exhibition

Creating, curating and consuming the archive: new Design Archives decolonising initiative awarded National Archives funding

The Design Archives has been awarded a grant from the National Archives’ Collaborate and Innovate Archives Testbed fund, a scheme which supports innovation in archive practices and methods with the potential for transformative impact in the UK archives sector.  The project will establish a network of ‘critical friends’ from outside the university to work with Design Archives staff and…

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Black and white photograph showing a pointy pylon at the Farm and Factory Exhibition in Northern Ireland, 1951.

Celebrating the Festival of Britain

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. Designed to nurture the country’s recovery after the Second World War, the Festival’s South Bank exhibition in London was the main attraction. On a 27 acre site, it ran from May to September 1951 and celebrated British art and industry. Complementing it were exhibitions…

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Grey archival boxes with white printed labels neatly placed on an archive shelf at the University of Brighton Design Archives

‘The Indexing Project’: access points and data sharing 2021

Lauren Bridges recently carried out a project reviewing access points in the Design Archives database, to support recent developments in best practice.  She completed her postgraduate Diploma in Archive Studies at the University of Liverpool in 2020. When you think of archival indexing, filing cabinets and paper indexing cards may spring to mind. Times have…

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Black and white photograph of HRH Prince Phillip on the judging panel of the Design Council's Duke of Edinburgh Design Prize.

Prince Philip: A Case of Exemplary Royal Patronage

Since its inception in 1944, the Design Council (formerly Council of Industrial Design) has been fortunate in being able to call on royal support for its many initiatives.  This began when King George VI and his consort Queen Elizabeth opened the Council’s most important early event, the Britain Can Make It exhibition, held at the…

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Red, white and blue poster design for a new font for British Rail

Design Archives loan to Margaret Calvert exhibition at the Design Museum

The Design Archives have loaned a poster from the Design Council Archive to the Design Museum’s new exhibition ‘Margaret Calvert: A Woman at Work’. The exhibition celebrates three of Calvert’s most influential typefaces (Transport, Calvert and Rail Alphabet), as well as marking the launch of Rail Alphabet 2, Network Rail’s new customised typeface, which she…

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Purple, pink and yellow graph about Digital Capacity Building Strategy

New national digital capacity-building strategy features Design Archives case study

The Design Archives is one of four case studies featured in the National Archives’ new strategy for building digital capacity, ‘Plugged in Powered Up’. The case studies offer practical examples of how archives have implemented digital preservation processes and systems in their organisations, representing different elements of that journey. Being at a relatively early stage…

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Colour photograph showing people working around a table at the DiAGRAM workshop

Design Archives contributes to award-shortlisted digital preservation project

A National Archives (TNA) project to which the Design Archives contributed professional expertise has been shortlisted for a 2020 Digital Preservation Award.   Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory was developed by TNA in collaboration with statisticians from the University of Warwick, supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC).  The…

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Design Centre posters from the Design Council Archive on display at Margaret Howell, Wigmore Street, London, November 2016. Photograph: Barbara Taylor.

Design Archives achieves Archives Service Accreditation

The University of Brighton Design Archives has been awarded national accreditation. The Archive Service Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery and, according to the service, “demonstrates that the Design Archives has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique…

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A black and white image of a car on a cobbled street next to a lamp post. Taken from the University of Brighton Design Archives.

New exhibition at Brighton CCA responds to Design Archives collections

A new exhibition opening at the University of Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) at Grand Parade is the first in an annual series of collaborations between Brighton CCA and the University of Brighton Design Archives, in which artists and designers are invited to spend time researching in the archives as a starting point for…

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New exhibition traces history of pioneering Brighton fine art course

Excavating contemporary art education, a new exhibition in the Atrium Gallery at the University’s Grand Parade site, traces the history of Brighton’s distinctive Fine Art Critical Practice (FACP) degree programme, presenting an ongoing project to build an archive documenting its development, in the context of British art school education post-1960. The origins of FACP lie…

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