For enquiries or to make an appointment to consult the collections please contact us by any of the means below.

T: +44 (0)1273 643217 and +44 (0)1273 643209

University of Brighton Design Archives
Faculty of Arts

Grand Parade, Brighton
, BN2 0JY UK

Before visiting you might wish to read our Conditions of Access form and the following guidance notes.


The Design Archives are located at the Grand Parade site of the University of Brighton, approximately 10‐15 minutes’ walk or a short taxi ride from Brighton railway station. There is meter parking in front of the Circus Street Annex next to the main building, and other car parks are shown on the Map. Visitors from outside the University should make themselves known to the Faculty receptionist in the main entrance foyer. There is a café and restaurant in the Grand Parade building where a good selection of food and refreshments can be purchased and consumed during breaks from research. Alternatively there is a wide range of catering choices available in the Brighton Lanes nearby. Refreshments
 may not be brought into the Archive.


Opening times are weekdays 9.30am to 4.45pm by appointment. The Archives may close over the lunch period, dependent on staff cover. As there is high demand for access, we ask that you advise us if you are running late or cannot keep your appointment. A secure locker will be provided to store outerwear and personal possessions, with the exception of pencil (not pens) and paper or laptops, which can be used for note‐taking purposes. Hand‐washing facilities are available on the ground floor: please come with clean hands. On your first visit we will ask you to complete a Visitor Record with information about the nature of your research. The form also asks you to confirm that you have read, understood and will abide by the terms and conditions governing access to the Archives.

You will not have free access to the document stores, and items will be supplied in small batches. The use of digital cameras is permitted to make images for private research purposes only. Because of copyright legislation they must not be published or reproduced in any way without prior written consent from the Curator. There are no photocopying facilities in the Archives, and photocopying is often inappropriate because of the fragility of the material. In circumstances where photocopying is permitted, it will be carried out by staff and charged @ 20p per (b/w) A4 sheet. Permission to publish any material from the collection must be requested in writing.

University of Brighton Design Archives staff

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