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An image of Professor Ricardo Gomes IDSA on his research visit to the University of Brighton Design Archives in 2011.

Design Centre for Global Needs

Chair of the Department of Design and Industry at San Francisco State University, Professor Ricardo Gomes IDSA visited the Design Archives as part of his sabbatical research. He is developing an important new study centre addressing global needs. Using the archive of the design scholar, curator and critic Nathan Shapira (1929-2009) as a jumping off…

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A black and white photographic print showing one of the outdoor litter bins at the Festival of Britain South Bank exhibition site. Designed by Jack Howe. From the Design Council Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Design Archives material at Festival Hall

The Southbank Centre celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain with a four-month Festival of British culture and creativity. This includes an exhibition about the history of the Festival of Britain which opens this week. Publications and photographs from the Design Archives form a section of the exhibition that considers lettering and the…

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A black and white photograph of a woman leaning on a car, possible from the 1920s.

‘Illuminations’ talk in Coventry

On Tuesday April 19th deputy curator Dr Lesley Whitworth is the invited speaker in the Illuminations series of talks at the recently revamped Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry.  She will be profiling her doctoral research which investigated changes in shopping patterns and retail provision in the city in the 1930s, following the rapid…

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A colour image showing a selection of tools used in paper conservation. Taken by Sirpa Kutilainen of University of Brighton Design Archives.

‘Conserving the Archive’

After graduating from the PgDip Conservation course at University of the Arts, London at Camberwell in June 2010, Sirpa Kutilainen continues her work at the Design Archives as a Digital Imaging and Media Technician with an added passion for paper conservation. She developed the ‘Conserving the Archive’ blog to discuss her involvement with the conservation of several…

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A PowerPoint slide from a presentation done by Dr Catherine Moriarty, showing the Design Week magazine featuring the importance of the Design Archives to design practitioners. Published in June 10, 2010.

Design Archives research

Curatorial Director, Dr. Catherine Moriarty, made a presentation about research in the Design Archives at the University of Brighton Research Initiatives Awards Ceremony on Monday 4th April 2011.The event highlighted the wide range of research taking place across the university. The text of her presentation follows. I am pleased to have this opportunity to talk…

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A black and white photograph about 'Who designs the eggcup?', taken from the Design Council Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Faculty Fellow showcases Design Archives’ resources at Tate St Ives

Dr Harriet Atkinson, Faculty Fellow hosted by the Design Archives, will take part in a study day on the Design Research Unit that accompanies the Tate St Ives showing of the exhibition. Harriet’s talk ‘Propaganda in Three Dimensions’: the exhibition work of Design Research Unit traces the evolution of Design Research Unit’s exhibition design work…

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A black and white image of a woman on a reclining sofa chair. Taken from the Design Council Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

New BBC programme uses Design Archives’ images

The first episode of a new BBC 2 series called The British At Work aired on Thursday 10 March, with a focus on the period 1945-1964.  Presented by Kirsty Young, the programme explored British working lives since the Second World War, and used images of the Britain Can Make It exhibition, 1946, from the Design…

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Centenary of International Women’s Day marked using Brighton image

The University of Brighton Design Archives celebrates 100 years of International Women’s Day on March 8th. An image of the pioneering potter Norah Braden (1901-2001) from the Brighton School of Art archive contributes to a display at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery about 20th century potters which runs until 8 May. Braden, a protégée of Bernard…

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Illustration sketch drawn with coloured pencil lifted from a drawing in the Design Council Archive housed in the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Latest Design Archives digitisation work showcased at RIBA

As part of  the JISC-funded Look-Here! project, Barbara Taylor and Carolyn Thompson from the University of Brighton Design Archives will present new digitisation work created in the Archives during 2010, at a conference held at the Royal Institute for British Architects, in London on 8th February. The Look-Here! project co-ordinated by the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)  aims to ‘develop…

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Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy of Arts’ major spring show, ‘Modern British Sculpture’ is attracting controversy even before it opens. By pursuing a ‘rigorous formal argument and an unforgiving intellectual stance’ it presents a challenging visual journey that omits the work of some prominent British sculptors. The accompanying exhibition catalogue explores British sculpture from the late Victorian…

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