Founded in 1977, the Design History Society works internationally to promote and support the study and understanding of design history.

The Society welcomes members from other disciplines such as anthropology, architecture and art history, business history, the history of science and technology, craft history, cultural studies, economic and social history, design and design management studies.

An elected Executive Committee and Board of Trustees works together to enable the activities of the Society, and to ensure that higher education and research bodies in the UK appropriately represent design history.

The society's activities include:

  • The Journal of Design History the leading journal in the subject, and the Design History Society Newsletter
  • An annual, international Design History Society Conference, hosted by different institutions where Design History is taught and researched.
  • The Design History Society Day Symposium, launched in the UK in the Autumn term of 2010
  • The new series of Teaching and Learning Events, launched in September 2010, to enable Higher Education educators in the UK to come together to share and discuss developing appropriate design history pedagogies for undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Annual Research Grants, to encourage debate and research in design history
  • An annual Student Essay Prize, awarded to one undergraduate and one postgraduate essay, to support and celebrate excellence in student writing in design history
  • An Oral History Project, to record a series of interviews with designers, researchers and writers who have played a significant role in establishing and shaping design history
  • A range of Resources, brought together here, from museums and archives, to sister organisations, educational establishments and current research in design history

You may click here to download the DHS Constitution of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.


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Annual Membership of the Society is open to all and is available to individuals and institutions. Various benefits are included in membership; however, many events are open or free to all interested in design history. More Information

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