Many congratulations to our colleagues at the University of Brighton Design Archives, which has been awarded national accreditation.

The Design Archives, housed at the university’s City Campus in Grand Parade, holds what is considered the most significant body of material relating to post-war design organisations in any British university, alongside the archives of designers whose work these organisations championed.

The Design Archives has been producing and supporting innovative, collection-driven research, teaching and public engagement activities since 1996. The award was announced 31 March 2020 by The National Archives which provides a leadership role for the archive sector and works to secure the future of physical and digital records.

Sue Breakell, Archive Leader, said: “Achieving accreditation has long been an ambition for the Design Archives and we are delighted to have reached this goal. The process has supported the reflexive development of our stewardship activities and underlines our position at the heart of the University’s research offer, making a highly distinctive contribution that bridges professional practice and scholarship. . . As well as attracting researchers from around the world, the Design Archives curates a dynamic programme linking content, enquiry and practice, a cornerstone of the University’s strategy. Following the Misha Black Award in 2018, this is a further significant achievement for us and is recognition of the significance not only of our collections but of the team’s innovative approach.”

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Image Credit: Posters from the Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives, on display at Margaret Howell, Wigmore Street, London, 2016.  Photo: Barbara Taylor