University of Brighton Design Archives

Collections • Collaboration • Research

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Our mission statement

The University of Brighton Design Archives is an internationally significant research base with a curatorial team that initiates and promotes collaborative activity through a programme of projects.

Mission Statement

In the years of reconstruction following the Second World War, designers – with the governments, manufacturers and publics for whom they worked – sought to create a better world. Holding the most significant body of material relating to post-war design organisations in any British university, the University of Brighton Design Archives (UoBDA) seeks to:

1. Collect, document and preserve the work and records of designers and design organisations.

2. Sustain the ideals of this remarkable generation through the embedding of their history at the heart of innovative and inclusive education and research.

3. Champion the melding of academic and professional practice through the preservation and interpretation of the collections and an innovative ethos of research-informed stewardship.

4. Attract researchers and students locally, nationally and from around the world, inspiring scholars and the design, archive and curatorial professions.

5. Provoke debate and curate a dynamic programme that links content, enquiry and practice.

6. Maintain long-term collaborative relationships with international design organisations and the descendants of the designers its collections represent.

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