2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, is an apposite moment in which to reflect upon the relationship of design and craft to conflict. Objects and sites designed for war and peace offer a vibrant nexus of case studies and debates through which to examine the place of conflict in our collective memory. Over 70 scholars will be travelling from around the globe to speak at Rewley House, ranging from doctoral candidates to professors, as well as practitioners, museum and heritage professionals and independent scholars. The sessions focus principally on conflicts from the First World War to the present day and reflect the interdisciplinary of design history's explorations of a wide range of objects, places and intellectual traditions across a diverse geography of theatres of conflict. The cross-fertilization of war and peace studies, which have often been segregated, is an important aspect of the conference.