Researching design

The University of Brighton Design Archives is an internationally significant research base with a curatorial team that initiates and promotes collaborative activity through a programme of projects. Founded on a scholarly resource focusing on British design and global design organisations in the twentieth century, we contribute substantially to the research profile of the University. The Design Archives welcome scholars and students from many academic disciplines researching the designed environment, the design profession and design practice.

Since the 1990s we have undertaken a range of innovative projects with a variety of partners including AHRC-funded collaborative doctorates and JISC-funded digitisation projects. In 2010 the Design Archives were awarded core funding from the HEFCE Museums and Galleries fund. View the Design Archives' research projects page for more information.

Our latest project Exploring British Design forms part of the AHRC Digital Tranformations Scheme.

To consult the collections, please contact us.

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Detailed collection information is being added to the Archives Hub, a portal to descriptions of British university archives. Images and e-learning modules can be accessed from the Visual Arts Data Service and JISC MediaHub

The Design Archives works with and alongside other College Research Centres



Design Archives' flickr photostream

Research projects and exhibitions


Latest News

Professional successes for Design Archives doctoral students

Tom Wilson and Leah Armstrong in London and Vienna.

Beer-pump handles

To Hell With Culture?

Culture, Democracy and the State on the Road to Olympicopolis. 14-15 May 2015.

The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch

Joseph Emberton: the architecture of display

Pallant House Gallery, 18 February – 17 May 2015

Japan symposium

Design Archives in Japan

A symposium at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 22 November 2014

Coronation image for Catherine Moriarty talk

Curating the past: the monument, the archive and the database

Inaugural lecture by Catherine Moriarty on Wednesday 29 October, 6:30 pm