Dr Lesley Whitworth

Lesley Whitworth

arts research University of Brighton

Dr Lesley Whitworth gained first class honours in the pioneering history of design degree at the University of Brighton in 1988. She studied for her doctorate at the Centre for the Study of Social History at the University of Warwick, with support from the Economic and Social Research Council (1993-1996). Having worked at Coventry University and at Goldsmiths Hall, with the Library and Archive of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, she returned to Brighton to take up one of two new founding posts in the University’s Design Archives, where she is Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Curator. She is presently also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Business History Unit of the London School of Economics.

Between 2003 and 2005 Whitworth completed a project within the ESRC-AHRC funded Cultures of Consumption research programme. She has been an officer of the Design History Society, Women’s Committee of the Economic History Society, and Social History Society, and has co-organised a number of workshops, symposia and seminar series. She organised the third in the international, inter-disciplinary ‘Living in a Material World’ conference series (University of Brighton, 2001) and recently inaugurated the Material and Consumer Culture Network of the European Social Science History Conference. She has presented her research in France, Holland, Austria, Finland, Belgium, Ireland, Estonia and the US.