A hallmark of research in the Centre for Design History is the strong relationships between University of Brighton researchers and partners in the cultural sector (principally galleries and museums) on research projects that support high-level research.
These provide significant financial underpinning for published outcomes (catalogues), online platforms and exhibitions while leading to wide public engagement through visitor figures and public outreach programmes for informal and formal learning.
History of design research at Brighton has pioneered new methods of analysis and practices of interpretation to transform understandings of how design is produced, marketed and consumed:
Firstly, it has changed understanding among policy makers and professionals of how transnational networks of design work.
Secondly, it has shaped the study and public appreciation of the history of design through publication and exhibition, and it has determined the kind of design that is collected and displayed.
Thirdly, it has become an international nucleus for curriculum development in design history with impact on the teaching of the subject at all levels, nationally and internationally.
The University of Brighton’s pioneering work in the history of design has changed the way design is taught and the way it is viewed.
Who we work with
The place of the University of Brighton in establishing international dialogue as a centre of excellence in Design History is witnessed by the active interchange with academic partners located in institutions across the world.
Among the most notable of these are the Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts, Vienna; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; Ambedkar University, New Delhi; Research Centre for Material Culture, Leiden; Cooper Hewitt - Parsons New School, New York; Wolfsonian Florida International University; Tsuda University, Tokyo; University of São Paulo, and University of Rennes.
The Centre for Design History’s partnership and co-location with the University of Brighton Design Archives ensures researchers of international standing regularly visit the university and through which new fruitful exchanges and plans are developed.
In Brighton, the Centre for Design History benefits from a close partnership with the Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove, enhanced by co-curation and research projects across a range of collections, and collaborative doctoral supervision.
Other key partnerships in the Sussex region include with De La Warr Pavilion, investigating the opportunities for digital engagement with museums and galleries led by Dr Lara Perry and with Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, in Objects Unwrapped, uncovering hidden histories of objects from the museum’s collections led by Dr Annebella Pollen.
Many Centre for Design History members lead PhD design history studentships in the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme. These have involved partnership with, among others, the British Museum, V&A Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Design Museum and National Science and Media Museum, Bradford.