Exploring British Design was a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project funding ceased in 2015 and unfortunately no futher funding has been available for ongoing maintenance and support. The site functionality is not currently working correctly. We hope to resolve this at some point if we can, but this may not be possible.
Designers often work together but histories of design tend to focus on individuals rather than the relationships between them. This prototype website has been built to show the connections between people, events and organisations. It suggests what might be revealed when information is connected and visualised in new ways.
The prototype comprises detailed information about 61 designers, 8 organisations and 1 event. It serves to show how these 'entities' are connected. It also links to over 800 other people, organisations and events related to them in some way. The website makes a showcase of the Things in Their Home Setting section of the Britain Can Make It exhibition, providing photographs and descriptions of each of its 23 Furnished Rooms, identifying designers and manufacturers associated with each room and its contents.
The site demonstrates how connected data allows researchers to explore complex relationships within British design history. It reveals how this history includes a wider cast of characters than we might have expected, how it connects different fields of interest and professional expertise, and how its legacy is shared across many regional and national museums and archives.
Things in Their Home Setting was one section of the Britain Can Make It exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert museum (V&A).The section comprised 23 room mock-ups, each organised by a different designer to showcase modern British design and manufacturing for home, school and office