News and events from the University of Brighton's Humanities programme areas

HOAD lecturer restores Victorian poster to shed light on historic library battles

The chance discovery of an 1890s poster campaigning for Worthing to have its first public library strikes a chord with public service battles that continue today. The poster was found folded up inside a scrapbook by University of Brighton lecturer Dr Annebella Pollen who teaches on the University’s HOAD programme, during research at Worthing Museum…

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Today’s gift is tomorrow’s commodity. Yesterday’s commodity is tomorrow’s found art object. Today’s art object is tomorrow’s junk. And yesterday’s junk is tomorrow’s heirloom

Lecturers give free online talks as part of University exhibition looking at how objects are seen, from treasures to junk

From ‘The Fetishism of Commodities’ and ‘Graphic Interventions’, to ‘The Social Life of Unwanted Things’ and ‘Tracing the pursuit of (modern) happiness’ sign up to what promise to be fascinating events.

Lecturer’s revealing book about Britain’s historic nudist movement

The eye-opening history of naturism in 20th century Britain is the subject of a new book by Fashion and Design History lecturer Dr Annebella Pollen.

Fashion and design history lecturer teams up for lockdown photo project

Dr Annebella Pollen has teamed up with Historic England to explore pictures taken by the public during the first 2020 lockdown.

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Thinking about choosing a history of art and design degree?

Here are a set of short videos by academic staff in the History of Art and Design programme exploring some of the subjects we teach and/or the approaches we use.

Annebella Pollen

Brighton academic to write British Council history

History of Art and Design academic Annebella Pollen has won a competitive commission to write a popular history of the British Council’s Visual Arts Department and Collection.

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Annebella Pollen on ‘vinegar valentines’

The Academic Programme Leader for our History of Art and Design subject area is quoted in the Boston Globe on the less sugary valentines that were popular between 1840 and 1930.

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