Academic journals: Journal of Design History

Journal summary: The Journal is an output of the Design History Society. Founded in 1977, the Design History Society works internationally to promote and support the study and understanding of design history. The Journal plays an active role in the development of design history (including the history of the crafts and applied arts), as well as contributing to the broader field of studies of visual and material culture.

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Access: Subscription; some open access

Journal type: Academic peer-reviewed

Heritage skills

I spent the afternoon at an IHBC Education, Training and Skills committee today. We were kindly hosted by the Building Crafts College located right next door to Stratford Station in East London, and in the shadow of the Olympic Park. The College dates back over 100 years, and is governed by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, one of the ancient City of London Livery Companies. After a vigorous discussion around the committee table on aspects of the professional institute’s skills agenda, including prioritising what the IHBC might need to focus its education efforts on, we had the opportunity to tour the College. For me, this was a magical experience as we passed through workshops with students producing both intricate and robust pieces of craftsmanship in both wood and stone. This included a project using bog oak, dating back 5000 years – with the end product to be a 40 feet long dining table (from a single trunk!) as a contribution to the last year’s Jubilee celebrations. My favourite aspect of the tour however was the cladding produced for the masonry tutor’s office – a chance to display the technical skill and creativity which is so under-appreciated when labelled as ‘vocational training’.


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