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Interior of Brighton Museum and Gallery with furniture and paintingThe Centre for Design History applies a cross-disciplinary perspective to understand how design in all its forms has shaped things, spaces and actions across time. Our approach extends to other arts and humanities, the social sciences, engineering, health, and community engagement. 

We aim to develop wide social and economic impact via our links with the cultural sector, particularly museums and art galleries, government and voluntary sectors and, crucially, creative businesses. Our research makes an important contribution to cultural life and wellbeing.

The centre contributes to an expanded field of design history that embraces the conjunction of professional and non-professional practices; digital and analogue artefacts; the de-centring of design practice away from singular object to complex ecologies, objects and systems, and the embedding of design thinking into management and organisational processes.

While traditionally, design history has been applied to museology, business history and within academia, opportunities have emerged for new applications and forms of impact for the discipline. The current reflexive use of design as a value in policy and planning opens up new fields of investigation both in contemporary design history and re-investigating the past, and offers exciting opportunities to pioneer new research routes and produce new, impactful and high-quality research outcomes.

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    Projects

    Research Output

    Art without Frontiers: The British Council Collection

    Pollen, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) London: Art/Books.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

  • Claims to Fame: An Exhibition of Women Artists from Turkey

    Özpınar, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Under the Skin: Feminist Art from the Middle East and North Africa Today. Ozpinar, C. & Kelly, M. (eds.). London: The British Academy / Oxford University Press, 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    Cosmopolitan Radicalism: The Visual Politics of Beirut's Global Sixties

    Maasri, Z., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge University Press. (The Global Middle East)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

  • Activities

    Photography Beyond the Image

    Annebella Pollen (Invited presenter)
    28 Nov 2020

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    MeCCSA PGN 2020- Mediating Place: Memory, culture and experience.

    Harriet Parry (Organiser)
    10 Sep 2020

    Activity: EventsConference