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Max Gill exhibition, Grand Parade Gallery, University of Brighton Design Archives, Sirpa Kutilainen
Entrance to the Gallery, University of Brighton

So, the Max Gill symposium and exhibition opening have taken place and the show is well and truly up and running. I have been looking at people within the gallery when I have walked past the space, and it has been wonderful to see them really studying the works. The symposium on the 22nd of July, 2011 was a great success. It was eye-opening and very interesting to hear so many different papers given from a wide selection of points of view. The private view that evening was very well attended and it was wonderful to speak to so many people about the show and how it came to be.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Headstone, Max Gill exhibition, University of Brighton Design Archives, Sirpa Kutilainen
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Headstone from Formelles, France. Headstone for an unidentified soldier. The stone was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and described in the Kenyon Report, ‘the headstone should normally be 2ft. 6in. in height, 1ft. 3 in. in width’. The epitaph ‘A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR KNOWN UNTO GOD’ was written by Rudyard Kipling. The lettering is ‘Headstone Standard Alphabet & No.4’, designed by Max Gill. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

As August is well on the way, it is strange to think about the amount of work and effort that went into putting the show together when the team are now busy organising the taking down of the show at the end of the month. I thought I would take the opportunity to post up a few photographs from the exhibition for those of you that might not get a chance to visit but would like to see a glimpse of what the space looks like.

Max Gill exhibition, Grand Parade Gallery, University of Brighton Design Archives, Sirpa Kutilainen
A small corner of the extensive exhibition

Things here at the Design Archives have remained steadily busy, as they always tend to despite the summer holidays. After months of planning and organising, we are currently in day three of a seven week project upgrading our archival accommodation for the parts of the collections we currently hold in a store room next door with the Screen Archive South East. The project has been carefully planned by a team of people from different areas within the University and the building works are taking shape slowly.

Icograda collection, posters, University of Brighton Design Archives, Sirpa Kutilainen
A selection of the larger format posters from the ICOGRADA collection, measuring at 1280 x 900mm

The new storage area will remain on the same floor but will have environmental controls installed, which is going to greatly improve the conditions in which the collections are housed. We are currently concentrating on working out the optimum way in which to store our over-sized posters, of which there are just over 100. These are the largest objects we have in our collections with the dimensions of 1280 x 900mm. These, and a selection of other posters from the ICOGRADA collection, will also be catalogued, surface cleaned and digitised by myself and our ex-volunteer-turned-summer-employee Suzy Horada in the coming weeks. A small selection of them also need to be repaired as edges have become torn with time.

Icograda collection, posters, University of Brighton Design Archives, Sirpa Kutilainen
One of the more beautiful finds within the ICOGRADA collection ready to be catalogued, cleaned and digitised

We moved the posters from the store to our ‘main area’ yesterday and had a chance to see some of them in greater detail for the first time. There are some really beautiful, colourful posters within the stacks – I can not wait to have a closer look at them as we start to work more closely with them. I will also be writing more about the upgrade in our storage as the works get on the way – these are rather exciting times indeed!

One comment

  1. Sirpa Kutilainen

    Due to a migration of this blog to a new layout, all comments made to posts have been lost in the process. Below are the comments, with name, date and time, made for this post.

    Yoonho Choi 15 Aug 2011 3.08pm
    Thanks for the logs!
    Your live talks are teleporting me back to the time when I had the first visit to Design Archive at Brighton.
    I was not so good at using archives in 2007, but hope to get some chances in the future.
    Please keep posting any new stories here.
    Yoonho Choi from Korea
    (, MA History of Design and Material Culture, 2008)
    from Korea

    Sirpa Kutilainen 15 Aug 2011 5.17pm
    Dear Yoonho, thank you very much for reading my blog. Do also keep checking the goings on at the Design Archives on our news page! we are keeping very busy here indeed.

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