Scope and Content

Files in DCA/14 relate to exhibitions that took place in this country, and especially in the Council"s own London Design Centre. A large proportion are numbered DCA/14/1568. While other files with the file number 1568 are found in other series, those in DCA/14 relate to exhibition planning and progression; the background, organization and administration of exhibitions.

The exhibitions cover a very wide range of themes and issues, from design to engineering and occasionally craft. The later the date, the more likely the exhibition is to reflect more technologically sophisticated products. Everything from domestic design, hobbies and leisure, travel and transport, materials and processes, urban design, disability, colour ranges, Europe, regional and international initiatives, engineering, computing, research and development is covered, and much more besides.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Council committed to a vigorous programme of exhibitions in support of the educational aims of its agenda. Those that took place in this country, and especially in the Council"s own London Design Centre are sited in DCA/14 and a large proportion are numbered DCA/14/1568.


The surviving files have been retained in their original numeric order as allocated by the Council"s Registry. This means that records in a series do not necessarily have consecutive file numbers, and may not be located together.

Access Information

Researchers wishing to consult the collection should make an appointment. Telephone 0044 (0)1273 643217 or email: designarchives@brighton.ac.uk

Archivist's Note

Record created by Lesley Whitworth, with minor edits by Sue Breakell, August 2010.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish any material from the collection must be sought from the curator email: designarchives@brighton.ac.uk

Related Material

Exhibitions that took place overseas appear in Series 9, and the files are invariably numbered 1005. Files related to the Council"s most famous exhibition activities are located in specialist series: Britain Can Make It (DCA/14A), and Festival of Britain (DCA/14B).

Other files with the file number 1568 are in DCA/4 (finance), DCA/6 (Press), and DCA/10 (Design Centre).