Centre for Design History



News | Welcome, Tamar Jeffers McDonald

CDH welcomes new member, Professor Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Dean of the School of Art and Media, who introduces her research interests and reflects on their relationship to design history.   The work of the Centre for Design History at the University… Continue Reading →

News | Call for Papers – Fashioning Sustainment: Histories of Resourcefulness, Reuse and Creative Ingenuity in 20th Century Fashion and Dress

Two-day international online conference January 21-22, 2022 Organised by Dr Alex Nora Esculapio and Dr Annebella Pollen with support from the Centre for Design History (CDH) at University of Brighton, UK, this free online conference aims to explore histories of… Continue Reading →

News | New Podcast Series – Graphic Interventions with Harriet Atkinson

Introducing: your new favourite design history podcast, Graphic Interventions Graphic Interventions, a new podcast series investigating political interventions through the graphic form, produced and hosted by Harriet Atkinson will launch at the end of October 2021. In each episode Harriet… Continue Reading →

Report | CDH member sheds light on Historic England lockdown photo project

CDH director Annebella Pollen has teamed up with Historic England to explore pictures taken by the public during the first 2020 lockdown.   The Picturing Lockdown projectasked the public to submit photographic depictions of lockdown during April and May 2020,… Continue Reading →

News | CDH member short-listed for the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize

Congratulations to CDH member Zeina Maasri on being shortlisted for the  2021 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize for her monograph, Cosmopolitan Radicalism: The Visual Politics of Beirut’s Global Sixties (Cambridge University Press, 2020) The award recognises originality, clarity and accessibility,… Continue Reading →

Report | Analysing the Robe Chemise in the Late Eighteenth Century

Visiting PhD student, Lorenzo Merlino (University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil), outlines his work-in-progress on eighteenth century women’s dress in England and France. During the first semester of 2021, I was kindly welcomed by the Centre for Design History, under… Continue Reading →

Event | 15 September 2021 – No Olha da rua at Fabrica, Brighton

Join CDH’s Annebella Pollen for the launch of the NO OLHA DA RUA ARCHIVE Project’s latest zine, ‘Rosemary’s cars’, held at Fabrica, Brighton. Reserve your tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-performances-talks-no-olho-da-rua-tickets-167883414813

Report | Decolonising the Database

Event organiser Helen Mears and speaker Shelley Angelie Saggar report on the recent CDH event ‘Decolonising the Database‘ Decolonising the Database took place on 5 July 2021 at the University of Brighton. Its aim was to bring together researchers and… Continue Reading →

Report | Design Archives in Asia Symposium

Vivien Chan (University of Nottingham) and Zara Arshad (University of Brighton) review the event Design Archives in Asia, held online by the Centre for Design History in June 2021. On the 2nd and 3rd June 2021, the Centre for Design… Continue Reading →

Event | October-December 2021 – Design Writing: Words and Images, Objects and Histories

What are the challenges and benefits of writing about design for English language domains? How can material practices be transposed to text? How can objects be visualised, verbalised and analysed in print? What might be gained in these acts of… Continue Reading →

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