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Annual DHS Publishing Workshop: Details TBC

7 September, 10am - 12pm

School of Art & Design, Middlesex University, London

The return of the Annual DHS Publishing Workshop accompanies the 2016 conference at Middlesex University, 'Design and...

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Siemens Archive Munich Travel Report

4 May 2016 -

Where do you import products from, if you have little or no native design industry or manufacturing? How do they differ from the products designed for the home market, and how are they advertised and promoted? These are questions that I have been considering in relation to domestic electric products sold in Ireland during the 1950s and 1960s, where the tiny native product manufacturing sector was dwarfed by the range and breadth of products imported from outside the State...

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Tasting the Table: Design History Society Workshop

30 March, 5 - 8pm

The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL

Tickets £15 including supplies and dinner, £5 for DHS members (dinner & drinks provided) Hosted by Jane Levi,...

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Currently seeking two DHS Ambassadors!

15 March 2016

DHS Ambassador Roles The Design History Society Ambassador is an important role in the promotion of the society...

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Ksenija Berk Conference Report: Design and the Notion of Contemporary Heterotopia

3 March 2016 -

My conference paper Design and the Notion of Contemporary Heterotopia presented an original, interdisciplinary research, which joined the field of design history with political theory and philosophy. My research combined the historical method and hermeneutics in order to critically challenge the understanding of how design shapes our world...

Design History Society Student Travel Award Report Sarah Laurenson
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Design History Society Student Travel Award Report Sarah Laurenson

12 February 2016 -

​With the support of the Design History Society Student Travel Award, I recently went on a journey in search of surviving jewellery artefacts made in Scotland during the nineteenth century. My PhD research explores the jewellery craft in Scotland from 1780 to 1914, tracing the transformation of raw materials in the landscape to finished objects worn on the body. The study draws on surviving artefacts to understand how Scotland’s jewellery craft evolved during a time of profound economic, social and cultural change, with a focus on the shifting intersections between design and workmanship.

Student Travel Award Report: Janet Aspley
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Student Travel Award Report: Janet Aspley

12 February 2016 -

My project seeks to explore what can be learned by viewing and interpreting the cataclysmic social and political upheavals that have taken place in the American South during the period through a study of rhinestone tailoring, a style of performance dress and design closely associated with country music. The style juxtaposes the construction values of bespoke tailoring with bright colours, pictorial embroidery, sparkling rhinestones and the styling of the American West.

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Design History Society Day Symposium, Transnational Textiles: New Directions

12 February 2016 -

The generous Design History Society Day Symposium Award enabled the symposium Transnational Textiles: New Directions to take place at Northumbria University in November. The Symposium brought together academics, students, practitioners and museum professionals based in the UK and Scandinavia to share their interest in transnational textiles.

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New DHS Outreach and Events Grant

8 February 2016

The DHS Outreach Event Grant provides assistance for DHS members to convene a public event to promote design history...

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CHARLES HASLER SENDS HIS GREETINGS: The Ephemera Collection of a Mid-Century Designer

8 February 2016

The latest publication from the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) is Charles Hasler Sends His...

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Discount for DHS members at the upcoming FITC Conference Amsterdam!

28 January 2016

FITC AMSTERDAM 2016DESIGN. TECHNOLOGY. COOL SHIT. Now in its 9th year, FITC Amsterdam 2016 returns to host the...

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Call for Papers: Design History Society Annual Conference

26 January 2016

The Call for Papers for the 2016 Annual Design History Society Conference, hosted by Middlesex University, is now...

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Call for Papers: In Pursuit of Luxury

6 January 2016

The debate surrounding luxury is far from new. Are traditional definitions of luxury relevant in today's global...

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V&A/RCA History of Design MA/PhD Open Day

20 December 2015

12 January 2015, 10am-1.15pm Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, London Join us on Tuesday...

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International Fellowship for Young Researchers/Postdoctoral Scholars

13 December 2015

Exhibition Project: Universal Pictures of the Human – Information Graphics of the 1920s (Fritz Kahn / Otto...

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Nominations sought: Executive Committee Officer (Board of Trustees), Design History Society

1 December 2015

Treasurer The DHS is looking for nominations for successors to our existing Treasurer, who steps down this year. The...

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PhD Studentships in Art, Design& Architecture (London 2016/17)

1 December 2015

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University LondonKingston Application deadline: GMT 5pm Friday 8...

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V&A/RCA MA in History of Design Open Day

19 November 2015

27 November 2015, 11am-4pm Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, London Join us on Friday 27 November...

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Postgraduate Essay Prize Winner, 2015. Physical Reminders: Tracing a ceramic mural’s presence and absence in postwar London

13 November 2015 -

Going for a walk can have unexpected consequences. One snow-covered winter’s day in January 2013 I set off with a friend to trace the hidden underground course of the River Fleet in London by walking the streets above. As we approached the end of the walk...