Society News

27 June 2019

The Design History Society is seeking three Ambassadors to support its core aims and activities.


The Ambassadors play a key role in supporting the work of the Board of Trustees by promoting DHS events and other activities through DHS social media channels, by generating dynamic content for the DHS website and by developing new initiatives in partnership with Trustees.

Ambassadors work closely with the DHS Administrator and Executive Committee, who provide guidance and support as needed. Ambassadors are encouraged to identify a particular area of the society’s work that they wish to focus on, such as the annual events programme, membership and outreach, communications, and so on.

These three roles are offered on a voluntary basis, with reasonable travel and subsistence costs reimbursed in accordance with the DHS expenses policy. Ambassadors are eligible for free annual membership to the DHS, and registration at events in the Society’s annual programme.

Ambassadors are expected to serve for at least 1 year, from September 2019, with the option to extend to 2 years. The DHS is committed to progressing equality and diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We encourage applications from beyond London and the South East – and outside the UK – and from those who are able to help the Society reach new audiences.

Key Activities

  • Promote the DHS as the leading organisation in the study of global design histories
  • Ensure DHS social media channels are updated regularly
  • Generate engaging and relevant website content (primarily through the Blog – including reviews, reports, interviews, thought pieces, visual essays etc)
  • Attend and report on DHS events where necessary
  • Work with a Trustee to develop proposals for events and other initiatives, focusing on a particular area (such as annual events programme, communications, membership and outreach, and so on).


  • Free annual membership to the Design History Society which includes a subscription to the Journal of Design History, qualification for a number of DHS awards and occasional discounts on a range of academic publications.
  • Access to a range of professional networking opportunities through DHS events.
  • Writing and social media experience which includes the publication of your work on the DHS website.
  • Expenses for reasonable travel and attendance at events which generate DHS website content (this may include, for example: DHS conference travel, accommodation and registration fees; expenses for DHS events where a report is commissioned etc)

Find more information about the role, including the personal requirements, here.

Read the blog post by departing Ambassadors (2017-19), Vivien Chan and Simon Spier.

If you have any questions, please contact the Secretary.

To apply, complete the application form and return to the DHS Administrator.

Deadline for submissions is 5pm, 25 July 2019.



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