Society News

10 October 2018

The Design History Society is looking to appoint a new Membership and Outreach Officer to champion the interests of its wide-ranging members and to raise the profile of the Society through varied and inclusive outreach activities.

Role Summary

The Membership and Outreach Officer serves on the Board of Trustees of the DHS, reporting directly to the Chair of the Executive Committee. In addition to general Trustee duties, the Membership and Outreach Officer is responsible for two main areas: recruitment and retention of members, and administering key DHS grants. These are the Outreach and Events Grant, supporting public events that promote design history beyond traditional academic settings, and the Day Symposium Grant, supporting events around the world, which disseminate high quality and original design history research. The post is unpaid, for an initial term of 3 years, but reasonable travel and care costs will be reimbursed, subject to the DHS expenses policy.

Key Objectives

  • To manage and maintain DHS memberships, and represent members’ interests on the Board of Trustees
  • To facilitate outreach activities that raise the profile of the Society and Design History as a discipline
  • To administer the Day Symposium Grant and Outreach & Events Grant

Role & Responsibilities

  • Liaise with OUP (publisher of the Journal of Design History) about all aspects of membership, such as subscriptions, renewals, and benefits
  • Circulate the annual membership renewal e-mail and update the membership application form annually (with OUP)
  • Work with the DHS Communications Officer to distribute membership information and benefits to potential, new and current members
  • Explore and develop further member benefit opportunities
  • Work with the DHS Secretary to develop and maintain connections with relevant groups, such as research institutions, professional networks and subject-specific organisations
  • Liaise with the DHS Treasurer and Conference Liaison Officer to promote membership at the annual DHS conference, particularly with respect to rates for new, student and retired members
  • Work with the Teaching & Learning Officer on the organisation and delivery of the annual Writing & Publishing Workshop
  • Advertise, administer and award the Day Symposium Grant and the Outreach and Events Grant
  • Report on activities to membership at the Annual General Meeting and to Trustees at quarterly committee meetings
  • Participate in general committee duties, including contributing relevant content to the Design History Society website, assessing funding applications, and assisting in preparations for the annual conference
  • Abide by the Charity Commission's code of conduct in all work for the Society

Person Specification

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  1. A strong interest in the history of design or related fields (essential)
  2. Commitment to equal opportunities and inclusive practices (essential)
  3. Experience of organising and promoting events (essential)
  4. Self-motivated, organised and able to meet deadlines (essential)
  5. Knowledge and/or experience of a relevant non-academic sector such as museums and galleries, conservation and heritage sector, creative industries, teaching and education etc (desired)
  6. Experience of collaboration and working in a team (desired)

Please note that all Trustees must be members of the Design History Society.

For more information about the role, please contact DHS Secretary (Dr Josie Kane) via the Society's Administrator. To apply, complete the application form and return to the DHS Administrator at

Download the application form here.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, 7 December 2018.


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