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To mark the 70th anniversary of the 1946 Britain Can Make It exhibition, the original catalogue and its supplements have been scanned to enable wider access to this important research resource. Published by the Council of Industrial Design, the catalogue… Continue Reading →

The Production of the Archive

The 2016 Winter Conference of the Institute of Historical Research The Production of the Archive takes place on 29 January. Professor Catherine Moriarty has been invited to take part in the event which considers the agency of both the archivist and the… Continue Reading →

Professional successes for Design Archives doctoral students

  The AHRC collaborative doctoral awards encourage research projects that link academic and non-HE partners. Working with both the Design Museum and the Chartered Society of Designers, the University’s Design Archives were successful in winning two studentships, in 2010 and… Continue Reading →

To Hell With Culture?

‘To hell with culture’ is a phrase borrowed from Eric Gill and employed by Herbert Read to open – as well as to entitle – his important essay of 1941 on culture and democracy. It is a theme that will… Continue Reading →

Joseph Emberton: the architecture of display

The Joseph Emberton Archive has been part of 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, showcases items from the collection alongside… Continue Reading →

Design Archives in Japan

The Design Archives were represented at a symposium on design resources and research organized by the Design History Workshop Japan. At the invitation of Professor Iguchi Toshino of Saitama University, the work of the University of Brighton Design Archives was… Continue Reading →

Curating the past: the monument, the archive and the database

Catherine Moriarty, Professor of Art and Design History presents her inaugural lecture. How the past is represented in the present has always been central to many branches of the humanities. This lecture explores a number of the frameworks within which… Continue Reading →

Design Archives win AHRC award

Developing a critical position on digital environments and digital content, and considering what this means for researchers, is central to the work of the university’s Design Archives. A successful bid in the latest round of AHRC Digital Transformation awards ensures… Continue Reading →

Design Archives material in significant London exhibitions

Material from the Design Archives collections can currently be seen in two important exhibitions at major London galleries. Tate’s substantial new survey of the work of founding Pop artist Richard Hamilton includes three of our bound volumes of Design magazine, the journal… Continue Reading →

What happens when cultural institutions and academics collaborate?

Leah Armstrong, one of the Faculty’s AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award students, is speaking at a national conference ‘Making Connections: Collaboration in Research and Practice, on 10 January 2014. Her paper ‘Professionalism and the Designer: Connecting Past and Present’ draws on… Continue Reading →

Top designers select world-class posters

There was something magical about the archive staff getting the posters out of the drawers and people’s initial reactions to seeing them – I could be there for weeks! Ian Wright There is ‘something’ about the Archive – it has… Continue Reading →

Curating Popular Art

Building on the critical and popular success of the current exhibition Black Eyes and Lemonade at the Whitechapel Gallery, Faculty researchers are among the designers, curators and artists speaking at a study day on Friday 14 June. Join Simon Costin,… Continue Reading →

Radical [vs?] Institution: Revisiting Archives to Form the Future

The current Design Archives project at the Whitechapel Art Gallery Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art will be discussed at an ICA seminar on 5 June. Asking if the relationship between radical collectives and institutional structures in the arts is paradoxical,… Continue Reading →

Design Archives Archivist keynote speaker at University of Northumbria

Sue Breakell, Archivist and Research Fellow at the Design Archives, is the keynote speaker at a workshop on ‘Archives and Archival Practices’ at the University of Northumbria on Friday 24 May 2013. This interdisciplinary event considers the role of archives… Continue Reading →

Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art at the Whitechapel Gallery

Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art at the Whitechapel Gallery is a project devised by Design Archives Curatorial Director, Catherine Moriarty and the Director of the Museum of British Folklore, Simon Costin in collaboration with the Whitechapel Art Gallery Archive… Continue Reading →

Faculty academics and doctoral students at Art Historians’ conference

Curatorial Director Dr Catherine Moriarty and Archivist Sue Breakell are speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Art Historians, being held at the University of Reading from 11-13 April. Both will draw on the Design Archives collections, those of the Council of… Continue Reading →

New article on Design Archives émigré designers

A new article by Design Archives curators Lesley Whitworth and Sue Breakell has been published by the Journal of Design History.  Introducing the archives of five émigré designers held at the Design Archives, it indicates their rich potential in the under-researched field of émigré… Continue Reading →

Posters: Creation, Collection and Context

On Friday 1 March Curatorial Director of the University of Brighton Design Archives, Catherine Moriarty, is speaking at a V&A conference about posters. The event considers how poster collections are re-presented and re-displayed for contemporary audiences. The University of Brighton… Continue Reading →

Design Archives focus of online resource

The focus of this month’s feature slot on the Archives Hub, a leading online research portal providing access to records of archives held in over 200 British institutions, is the archive of the graphic and information designer H A (Arnold)… Continue Reading →

Design Archives Archivist giving paper at professional conference

Design Archives Archivist and Research Fellow Sue Breakell is speaking at the annual national conference of the Archives and Records Association, the professional body for archivists and conservators, at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, 29-31 August 2012. Sue’s paper is… Continue Reading →

Design focus at Mass-Observation Anniversary Conference

Dr Lesley Whitworth will be speaking at a conference to mark the 75th Anniversary of the pioneering social research organisation Mass-Observation, being held at the University of Sussex, 4-6 July. Mass-Observation has become a focus of interest for many different disciplinary… Continue Reading →

Deputy Curator speaking in Washington DC

Dr Lesley Whitworth is an invited speaker at ‘Bright Modernity: Colour, Commerce, and Consumption in Global Perspective’ being organised at the German Historical Institute, Washington DC, by Drs Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Uwe Spiekermann.  The event runs over three days… Continue Reading →

Limited edition Design Archives bag by William Kroll

This summer the Design Archives launch a limited edition canvas bag, the outcome of a collaboration with British designer William Kroll. Founder of the design company Tender, Kroll is the great-nephew of designer Natasha Kroll whose archive is held in… Continue Reading →

Finnish design project

This week, the Design Archives launch a new digital resource to celebrate Helsinki’s designation as World Design Capital 2012. This resource was produced to showcase Finnish materials held in the archives of the Council of Industrial Design/Design Council, ICOGRADA and… Continue Reading →

Honorary Fellow book launch

This week marks the publication of The Festival of Britain: A Land and Its People, the new book by Honorary Faculty of Arts Fellow Harriet Atkinson. In her preparation for the book Harriet used papers, sketches and photographs from the Design… Continue Reading →

Designing Women study day at Fashion & Textiles Museum

The University of Brighton Design Archives, in collaboration with Newham College of Further Education, is organizing a study day at the Fashion and Textiles Museum on Wednesday 16 May 2012. The study day coincides with the exhibition ‘Designing Women’ that… Continue Reading →

Portraits of Designing Women

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral student, Leah Armstrong, is curating a display of portraits of women designers for a new exhibition at the Fashion & Textiles Museum, London. Opening on 16 March, the display includes original photographic portraits from the University of Brighton… Continue Reading →

Sharing digitisation expertise

On 7 December, the Design Archives host a seminar entitled ‘Digitisation of Archival Content – sharing expertise’ at Grand Parade. The seminar, organised in collaboration with the Brighton Swimming Club Archive housed at the East Sussex Records Office, is a… Continue Reading →

Ceramics talk at Walker Art Gallery uses Design Archives images

Rachel Conroy, Assistant Curator of Applied Art at the National Museum Wales, will be speaking on twentieth century ceramics from the museum’s collection at a forthcoming event at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. In preparing her talk she was… Continue Reading →

The Way We Live Now: Conran exhibition opens

A major retrospective of the work of Habitat founder and serial design entrepreneur, Sir Terence Conran, opens on November 17 at the Design Museum in London and runs until 4 March 2012. In his earlier life, Terence Conran was an… Continue Reading →

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