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University of Brighton Design Archives
58-67 Grand Parade

Before visiting please read our Access Policy and the following guidance notes.


The Design Archives are located at the Grand Parade site of the University of Brighton, approximately 10‐15 minutes’ walk or a short taxi ride from Brighton railway station. There is limited, short-term meter parking on the streets behind the building, and other car parks are shown on the map. Visitors from outside the University should make themselves known to the Faculty receptionist in the main entrance foyer. There is a café and restaurant in the Grand Parade building where a good selection of food and refreshments can be purchased and consumed during breaks from research. Alternatively there is a wide range of catering choices available in the Brighton Lanes nearby. Refreshments
 may not be brought into the Archive.


Our current opening times are Tuesday and Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.30 pm and 1:30pm to 4pm, by appointment. As there is high demand for access, we ask that you advise us if you are running late or cannot keep your appointment. A secure locker will be provided to store outerwear and personal possessions, with the exception of pencil (not pens) and paper or laptops, which can be used for note‐taking purposes. Hand‐washing facilities are available on the ground floor: please come with clean hands. You will not have free access to the document stores, and items will be supplied in small batches. On your first visit we will ask you to read and complete our Visitor Record and Conditions of Access form with information about the nature of your research. The form also asks you to confirm that you have read, understood and will abide by the terms and conditions governing access to the Archives. Please read our Visitor Privacy Notice on how we use your data.


The use of digital cameras is permitted to make images for private research purposes only. Due to copyright legislation, an acetate watermark must be applied and the photograph must not be published or reproduced in any way without prior written consent from the Archive Leader. There are no photocopying facilities in the Archives, and photocopying is often inappropriate because of the fragility of the material. In circumstances where photocopying is permitted, it will be carried out by staff and charged @ 20p per (b/w) A4 sheet. Permission to publish any material from the collection must be requested in writing. Please read our notes on reproducing archival materials before your visit.

Depositing Material

If you have archival material which you would like to offer to the Design Archives, please contact We are pleased to consider offers that fall within our Collection Development Policy.