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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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Guernica Arts & Humanities
South Africa Arts & Humanities
Cultural Translation Arts & Humanities
Hamburg Arts & Humanities
Eastern Cape Arts & Humanities
protest Social Sciences
history Social Sciences
modernity Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2023

Research Output 1985 2020

Art without Frontiers: The British Council Collection

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearch

British Council
Art
British Art
Cultural Relations
Exhibition History

Design and Modernity in Asia: National Identity and Transnational Exchange 1945-1990

Lee, Y. (ed.) & Rajguru, M. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) London: Bloomsbury.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearchpeer-review

Exhibitions and Transnational Exchange: Art and Design, Borders and Boundaries from 1945

Clarkson, V. (ed.), Atkinson, H. & Lichtman, S. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Bloomsbury Academic.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearchpeer-review

Activities 2000 2019

MIT Press (Publisher)

Annebella Pollen (Reviewer)
2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Objects Unwrapped: Memory of Clothes

Annebella Pollen (Organiser)
1 Jun 2019

Activity: EventsConference

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Pitt Rivers Museum Seminar in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology

Annebella Pollen (Presenter)
25 Oct 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk