Talk Past event Monday, 19 June 2017

Refugee Week: Jewish Émigré Designers in the Archive of Art and Design

Some of the most important contributors to British design in the mid- and late-twentieth century were Jewish émigrés, many of whom who escaped Nazi Germany in the 1930s or survived the persecution of the Second World War to make their homes in Britain in the 1940s. Come along to a session in the V&A’s Blythe House Archive & Library Study Room for a chance to hear about the life and work of some of these designers and practitioners, including Hans Schleger, George Him, and Gaby Schreiber, and see a selection of their designs, photographs and papers.

The working archives, and some private papers, of 30 Jewish designers and practitioners are represented in the V&A’s Archive of Art and Design. A project, generously funded by the David Berg Foundation, New York, has enabled us to improve the visibility of these archives through cataloguing and digitisation. The Archive and Library Study Room is located at:

Blythe House
23 Blythe Road
London W14 0QX

The public entrance to Blythe House is through Gate B, the original Grand Entrance on the north side of the building. Please use the intercom by the gate to inform reception of your arrival.

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