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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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An Architecture of Joy, a solo exhibition by Jenny Steele

28 June 2016

Private View: 2.30pm-5pm Saturday 2nd July 2016Tuesday 5th July - Saturday 13th August 2016.(Open Tues- Sat, closed...

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Meet the new DHS Ambassadors
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Meet the new DHS Ambassadors

28 June 2016 -

As the Design History Society continues to grow in membership and influence, the Board has appointed two Ambassadors with the aim of promoting the Society as a site of conversation, debate and reflection on design history. The Ambassadors will be utilising Twitter, Instagram and the DHS Blog to keep our members up to date with events and dialogues in the field.

The swadesi typewriter: mediating modernity, identity, and technology in post-independence India
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The swadesi typewriter: mediating modernity, identity, and technology in post-independence India

10 June 2016 -

My research aims to investigate the role played by typewriters for Indian languages in absorbing and shaping the aspirations of the independent nation-state of India following British colonial rule. In particular, my research intends to analyse the ramifications of the ‘swadesi’ doctrine within the context of modernisation, technological innovation, and the quest for self-sufficiency in the decades following Indian independence...

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​CALL FOR PAPERS: Modern Living in Asia 1945-­‐1990

2 June 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS Modern Living in Asia 1945-­‐1990 Dates: 10-­‐11 April 2017 Venue: City...

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Internationalising Design History: Facing the World Differently. Seventy years on from the Britain Can Make It Exhibition.

25 May 2016

Friday 7 October 2016 In 1946 the exhibition, Britain Can Make It, was held at London’s Victoria & Albert...

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Internationalising Design History: Facing the World Differently. Seventy years on from the Britain Can Make It Exhibition.

25 May 2016

Friday 7 October 2016 In 1946 the exhibition, Britain Can Make It, was held at London’s Victoria & Albert...

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Appointments to Editorial Board

25 May 2016

The Design History Society wishes to invite individuals who can make a distinctive and dynamic contribution to the...

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Craft Research Fund Grant Program

24 May 2016

The purpose of the Craft Research Fund is to advance, expand and support research about craft in the United...

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Administrator: Design History Society

18 May 2016

Applications are invited to the position of part-time DHS Administrator. The Administrator will be responsible...

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Currently seeking nominations for DHS Communications Officer

11 May 2016

The DHS is currently seeking nominations for the role of communications officer. This is a trustee role suitable for...

Siemens Archive Munich Travel Report
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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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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...