Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Teaching Design History Workshop programme

Teaching design theory to design students

10 September 2010

London Metropolitan University

Department of Art, Media and Design

41 Commercial Road, London, E1 1LA

The day will start with an introductory keynote by Grace Lees-Maffei, co-editor of The Design History Reader published by Berg (2010). The lecture will be followed by opportunities to break into one of three discussion sessions, focused on either history, methodology or theory. The afternoon focuses on academic writing in design education and concludes with a case study of an alternative design history curriculum.

10.30 - 11.00 Registration and welcome

11.00 – 11.45 Keynote: Grace Lees-Maffei on what we should be teaching future designers

11.45-12.30 Group discussions:

o Histories: Developing histories for design

o Methodologies: Introducing design students to methods for researching design.

o Theories: The relevance of theoretical perspectives for design practice.

12.30 - 2.00 Lunch and The Design History Society’s AGM

2.00 – 3.30 Writing and assessment (Led by Dipti Bhagat)

Writing - and academic writing in particular - can be a challenge for all design students. This workshop will address how can we best teach and support writing amongst a diverse body of design students.

4.00 - 5.00 Learning design history for design futures (Led by Noel Waite)

Noel will give a case study of his experiments with introducing speculative design histories to design students. Through exploring alternative and counterfactual histories students learn scenario building and experience the creative possibilities of history writing and research.

5.00 – 6.30 Wine reception and launch of The Design History Reader (Berg)

The event is now fully booked. If you would like to put your name on our waiting list please email t.kjolberg@brighton.ac.uk

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

1st Teaching Design History Workshop 10 September 2010

Teaching design theory to design practice students

London Metropolitan University

10 September 2010

The Design History Society is launching the first in a series of workshops aiming to encourage a forum for sharing and thinking about our teaching practices. We particularly recognise that design history and theory is taught by many new to teaching or working part-time. We hope the workshops can offer a supportive network for practitioners in the field and we warmly welcome suggestions for future workshops.

Our first workshop addresses the special relationship between design history and design education. What particular issues does teaching theory to future practitioners raise? We have divided the day into two parts where the first will debate the ‘what we teach’: How do we develop a design history curriculum which responds to the needs of the field and the individual student? The afternoon will focus on writing and assessment. The plenary will bring our conversation together and raise further themes for future workshops to address.

Welcome and registration 10.30 - 11.00

What we teach: Curriculum and content. 11.00 – 12.30 AM

  1. Histories: Developing histories for design
  2. Methodologies: Introducing design students to methods for researching design.
  3. Theories: The relevance of theoretical perspectives for design practice.

Lunch (provided) 12.30 - 2.00 PM

How we teach Writing and assessment 2.00 – 5.00 PM

  1. Writing for design history: Writing - and academic writing in particular - can be a challenge for all design students. This workshop will address how can we best teach and support writing amongst a diverse body of design students.
  2. Assessment and feedback: Coursework should be a part of a conversation between student and teacher. How do we enable assessment to be a positive learning experience and feedback to be effective and valuable to students?

5.00 – 6.00 PM Wine reception and plenary

This event is free and generously funded by the Design History Society. We would be grateful if you could circulate this to interested colleagues in your department. Registration is necessary.

For further details and to register, please contact Torunn KjĂžlberg (t.kjolberg@brighton.ac.uk)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Tate Papers Issue 13 2010: Anna Cutler

Tate Papers Issue 13 2010: Anna Cutler "What is to be done, Sandra? Learning in Cultural Institutions of the Twenty-First Century"

Director of Learning at Tate outlines what she sees as current learning imperatives and considers their relevance for 'creative cultural learning'.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

The Design History Society's Research Grant

I thought I'd remind you of the Design History Society's research grant of up to £1500. The next deadline for applications is 15 September 2010.

The Society set up the research grant to encourage scholarship and research in the field of design history. The grant is available to any student registered as undertaking a PhD or Mphil and academics affiliated with academic institutions.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Ronald Barnett talk at LCF

I haven't read his book 'A will to learn: Being a student in the age of uncertainty' but have been meaning to and interested to hear from anyone who has. Not sure if this is an open event but as I received an invitation I don't see why this shouldn't be the case. I suppose this relates to the notion of 'the only thing students need to learn is how to learn'... What do you think?

Ronald Barnett

Learning for life, learning through life, learning across life

Wednesday 12 May, 3-5pm

Rootstein Hopkins Central Space, London College of Fashion, John Princes Street

In this session, Ron will explore some large themes that bear on learning in the contemporary age, including

  • the will to learn, with its associated idea that the development of the will to learn should be the primary concern of academic staff
  • the idea that learning for life requires certain kinds of dispositions and qualities and that the educator’s role lies partly in their development.
  • the idea of ‘liquid learning’, namely the idea that the boundaries that mark out learning spaces are dissolving (and that students no longer see their university experience as entirely separate from their wider world)
  • the coming of ‘lifewide’ learning, the phenomenon of individuals (including ‘students’) being located in multiple learning spaces and that their learning is to a significant degree a matter of the growth of the individual’s ‘lifeworld’


  • implications – in very general terms – of the above considerations so far as teaching is concerned.

This session will be a discussion built loosely around the above themes and will hopefully be an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas. It would be helpful, therefore, if colleagues could come armed with concerns and experiences and their own teaching approaches that bear on the above issues.

Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, London. His work focuses on the conceptual understanding of the university and higher education. His books include Realizing the University in an age of supercomplexity, and A Will to Learn: Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty. In 2009, he was a Special Adviser to the UK’s Select Committee Inquiry into Universities and Students and is currently a Senior Research Consultant at the University of Surrey. He is a past-Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education and has been an invited speaker in 30 countries.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Conference on the history of art education

Art Schools: Inventions, Invective and Radical Possibilities
Friday 11 June and Saturday 12 June
UCL Chadwick Lecture Theatre

This conference considers the intellectual apparatus and physical
spaces that structure art education today by exploring the history and
legacy of the life room as both physical and intellectual space, and
examining the traditions of looking and approaches to knowledge it
established. Speakers include academics, curators and artists.

Pre-booking essential.
Tickets £25 (£15 concessions)

For booking information and full conference programme, please see

The conference is organised by UCL Art Collections, the Royal Collection
and the University of Brighton in conjunction with Naomi Salaman’s
exhibition 'Looking Back at the Life Room' at the Strang Print Room, UCL.


Dr Emma Chambers
UCL Art Collections
Strang Print Room
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

T: +44 (0)20 7679 2821

Exhibition: Looking Back at the Life Room - a project by Naomi Salaman (till 11 June 2010)

Conference: Art Schools: Invention, Invective and Radical Possibilities (11 & 12 June 2010)

Friday, 23 April 2010

Postgraduate symposium in Design History and Material Culture Studies

Material Culture and the Culture of Materials:

University of Brighton's Postgraduate Design History Society
5th Annual Symposium
17 June 2010

I am arguably biased as I have been involved in arranging Brighton Postgraduate Design History Society (PDHS to us) which is now in its fifth year. The day will feature six papers from postgraduate researchers from within and beyond the university, across a range of topics and historical periods, united by our common focus of design history and material culture studies.

The event is free of charge but registration is necessary. To register please contact BrightonPostgraduateDesignResearch@hotmail.com



10.30-11 Registration and coffee

11am Welcome

11-11.30 Verity Clarkson – ‘It was all done with smiles’: Exhibiting Cold War Retellings of Anglo-Russian History
11.30-12 Lyanne Holcombe - Regent Palace, Aesthetic Reform and the Arts and Crafts Winter Garden
12-12.30 Ness Wood – ‘It's So New-Fashioned’: Hille Furniture from Tradition to Modernity

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2 Cheryl Roberts - 'Disrespectful Foreign Innovations': Trouser Tensions in the Inter-war Years

2-2.30 June Rowe - The Essential Accessory: Lipstick in Britain during World War Two
2.30-3 Jane Hattrick - Norman Hartnell's Time-Travelling Archive: Love, Loss and Memory

3-3.30 Coffee break

3.30-4 Bridget Millmore - Endings and Edgings: Tracing the Cultural Biography of a Lace Sample Book
4.4-30 Marie McLoughlin - Does Fashion transcend both Craft and Design?

4.30 – Wine reception

The University of Brighton’s Postgraduate Design History Society was established in 2005

to create a peer-to-peer research network for local MA and PhD students

in the areas of design history and material culture.

We welcome new members.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Event for tutors: Forthcoming V&A exhibitions

This could be useful -get an insight into forthcoming exhibitions at the V&A by attending an afternoon of talks:

Events for Tutors
Forthcoming V&A Exhibitions: All You Need to Know

Wednesday 5 May
Hochhauser Auditorium

Hear from the curators of forthcoming V&A exhibitions in an afternoon of talks designed to assist and inspire you in planning projects and course content around our temporary exhibition programme.

Highlights include:
Shadow Catchers: Camera-less photography
13 October 2010-20 February 2011

Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City
20 October 2010-16 January 2011

Yohji Yamamoto
March 2011-July 2011

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement in Britain, 1860-1900
2 April 2011-17 July 2011

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990
24 September 2011-8 January 2012

Free, ticketed. Refreshments included.
To book call +44 (0)20 7942 2211


(Leanne Manfredi Programme Manager: Higher Education and Creative Industries)
020 7942 2533

Saturday, 20 February 2010

The Joy of Libraries

We all know there's magic to be found in the library but students can take a while to find the thrill. Those who do inevitably end up with the deepest kind of learning. I'm posting this event as, though only open to those at Brighton University, it offers a great example of libraries setting out to inspire students. My guess is that most university/art school libraries -like Brighton's -are full of primary documents and images relating to design which can relatively easily be accessed and used in learning and teaching. It doesn't take much to get the students excited about using primary sources but they sometimes need to know they're there and there for them!

Next week (22-26 February) is 'IS for You Week' at the University of
Brighton - five days of events organised by Information Services to
raise awareness of the libraries, media and computing services

In amongst the various activities are a series of free talks on 'The
Joy of Libraries' which might be of particular interest. These four
short talks, highlighting the treasures and delights of libraries and
archives, will be held in the fourth floor seminar room at St Peter's
House Library:

Monday 22 February 11:00-12:00
Waiting for the light - a talk by Professor Mike Tucker

Ezra Pound once said that a book should be like a ball of light in
one's hand. Mike's talk will cover not so much the theme of looking
for such books, but waiting for them to come to one's attention. Mike
is Professor of Poetics at the University of Brighton.

Tuesday 23 February 11:00-12:00
Fashion and Fishes - a talk by Professor Lou Taylor

Lou will talk about using period fashion magazines in St Peter's House
as a starting point to develop critical material culture
interpretations on the ‘meanings’ to be drawn from analysis of texts
on women's fashions 1900-1945. Lou is Professor of Dress and Textile
History at the University of Brighton.

Wednesday 24 February 11:00-12:00
'Lost in the stacks' - a talk by Peter Seddon

Peter will describe wandering and getting lost in the library stacks
in the byways and lost forgotten corners of archives and collections
and reflect on these serendipitous processes and their connections to
an increasingly managed of information. The library as a land of
freedom and resistance. Peter is Director of the Arts Practices and
Performance Research Institute (APPRI) and Reader in Arts Practices
and Historiography at the UoB.

Friday 26 February 11:00-12:00
'Glass plates to polaroid: two portraits from the picture library' - a
talk by Dr Catherine Moriarty

Catherine will talk about the expertise of the picture librarian and
the under-valued knowledge exchanges that take place between the
librarian and 'user'. Catherine is Curatorial Director of the
University of Brighton Design Archives.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Tate symposium:The Benefits of Risk: Shifts in Art Institutional Learning Practice

This international symposium examines how new models of learning and engagement with young people are developing within and beyond the art institution. Drawing on a range of projects from the UK and Europe, including Tate Britain's partnership programme Visual Dialogues and Documenta 12 Education, this event provides an opportunity to hear experts from various disciplines and participate in the debate about how to take the practice forward.
Key issues to be addressed include:
Institutional change: rhetoric or reality?
Young people, institutions and knowledge generation: who is doing the learning?
Artists and artistic practice: how do these inform creative learning?

The Benefits of Risk Shifts in Art Institutional Learning Practice
Wednesday 3 March 10.00 – 17.00
Book now £15 (£10 concessions)
To book visit tate.org.uk/tickets
or 020 7887 8888

Followed by wine reception at Tate Britain

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Forum for teaching in design history

Welcome to the just launched Teaching Design History Network! This site aims to be a forum for new and experienced teachers in design history. You are welcome to use this site to debate anything learning and teaching related, post articles, call for papers, job advertisements etc that might be of interest to your peers.

The blog is set up by the Design History Society's Learning and Teaching Officer but we welcome members and non-members alike to use what we hope will be a valuable resource for anyone involved in teaching design history and related subjects.
To find out more about the work of the Design History Society visit our website: