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Provocative Objects: The Pirate and The Traders of the West Indies
Provocative Objects: The Pirate and The Traders of the West Indies

This month, guest contributor to the Provocative Objects series Zarna Hart studies The Pirate and The Traders of the West Indies by William Spooner in relation to British Empire and the indoctrination of Victorian children.

21 January 2023 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Objects: Pearls
Provocative Objects: Pearls

This month, guest contributor to the Provocative Objects series Livy Scott discusses the haptic, tactile, and embodied experience of pearls.

16 December 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
The folkloric inspiration of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro in a table set and its cutlery

As part of the 'Folk' Cultures in Everyday Objects seminar series, Francisca Antunes Guimarães (an independent researcher from Porto, Portugal) has written a blog post about Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro's (Lisbon, 1846-1905) utensils set and its design links to Portuguese folk culture. Her research intends to deepen the study and meaning of the tablewares in the 19th century using a specific set from Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro as a case study.

30 November 2022 -

Features
Provocative Places: The Holocaust Memorial, Berlin
Provocative Places: The Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

Following a summer break, welcome back to the Provocative Places and Objects series in which our Ambassadors look at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Alexandra Banister looks at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and considers how we use architecture to remember and to display collective history.

14 November 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
2022 Undergraduate Essay Prize winner Emma Gill shares an overview of her winning essay

2022 Undergraduate Essay Prize winner Emma Gill shares an overview of her winning essay, 'Why is Modern Design Employed to Reinforce the Concept of Villainy in Film? Immorality and Modernism in the Contemporary Villain’s Lair'

5 October 2022 -

Essay Prize Winners and Nominees
Report: DHS Conference Bursary by Katie Irani

Katie Irani is a current student on the RCA/V&A History of Design Programme, she is also a recipient of the Student bursary for this year's DHS Conference.

3 October 2022 -

Reports
Provocative Places: Millbank Prison, London
Provocative Places: Millbank Prison, London

Welcome to the next in our Provocative Places and Objects series, in which our Ambassadors look at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Alexandra Banister looks at Millbank Prison, the former national penitentiary and deportation holding facility, and the architecture of imprisonment and surveillance.

24 August 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces
Provocative Places: Johannesburg, South Africa
Provocative Places: Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to the next in our Provocative Places and Objects series, in which our Ambassadors look at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Alexandra Banister discusses the city of Johannesburg in South Africa and issues of segregation and urban planning.

6 July 2022 -

Provocative Objects / Spaces

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