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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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modernity Social Sciences
history Social Sciences
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promotion Social Sciences
gentrification Social Sciences
capital investment Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2023

Research Output 1985 2020

Art without Frontiers: The British Council Collection: Exhibition Histories

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearch

British Council
Exhibition History
Art
British Art
Cultural Relations

Cosmopolitan Promises: Visual Culture and Politics in 1960s Beirut

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearchpeer-review

Visual Culture
Beirut
1960s
Discourse
Decolonization

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

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearchpeer-review

Activities 2000 2019

Korea National University of Arts

Yunah Lee (Visiting researcher)
4 Mar 201930 Jun 2019

Activity: Visiting positionVisiting an external academic institution

Beyond the Photograph: The phenomenon of confabulation in family photography as counter-memory, narrative and archive

Annebella Pollen (Examiner)
2019 → …

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Crossing Boundaries: Untangling Fashion, Business and Consumption History

Cheryl Roberts (Participant)
23 Jan 2019

Activity: EventsConference