40th Anniversary of the History of Design: Time for Change

The Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal College of Art celebrates 40 years of ground-breaking partnership in the history of design with a conference exploring new directions in the discipline.

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium

  • Free event

Past Event
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Two days of papers and discussion will explore how thinking about – and with – design and material culture responds to the issues that confront historical researchers today. Panel topics include decolonising, ecology, and performance, combining design historians with fellow travellers in other disciplines and practices.

These show how the energies of the art school and the museum foster collaborations that make histories of design relevant to new audiences while encouraging the critical and activist stance that has long characterised the field.

Our two keynote speakers Jeremy Aynsley and Laura Osorio Sunnucks will share insights on where the discipline sits and how it needs to adapt to confront the challenges facing educational institutions and museums today.