Design History Society members include all those interested in design: students, designers, lecturers, historians, researchers, craftspeople, manufacturers, archivists, curators, librarians and collectors. New members are always welcomed and actively encouraged to contribute to events and publications.

Types of Membership

The Design History Society offers membership rates for individuals and institutional members. A concessionary rate is also available for students, full and part-time, the unwaged and seniors, for which you will be asked to supply proof of status. Membership under all categories is administered by Oxford University Press.

Membership Rates

Current membership rates are shown in the Members section of the Journal of Design History prices page on the OUP website. To apply for membership click on the correct rate to download an order form.

You can also apply for your membership online. Details on how to pay are provided on the order form, or at the checkout stage of the online order process, if applying online.

If applying and paying for your membership online, you will be asked to register as an online user of Oxford Journals, unless already registered.


  • Membership lasts for a year and runs from January to December.
  • Membership is administered by Oxford University Press. Please contact the DHS Administrator at, if you have any queries.
  • Membership renewals: Existing members will receive an annual renewal letter in October from OUP inviting them to renew their membership for the following year. Reminders to renew your membership will be sent in December and February.
  • Concessionary membership renewal: when your membership renewal form arrives asking for re-subscription at the full-rate, please send back proof of status, and you will be able to renew at the reduced rate.