The Best of British

The V&A’s current exhibition continues a recent trend of exceptionally well curated shows (see two previous posts on my blog) on the development of British design over the last 100 years. The current exhibition British Design 1948-2012 will open tomorrow, closing on 12th August to coincide with the closure London Olympics it promises to showcase British design ingenuity to a global audience.
This exhibition could well be the 21st Century version of the famed Britain Can Make It exhibition staged at the V&A in 1946 in support of the reconstruction of British industry in the wake of World War II. The above linked VADS site includes contributions for our very own John Davis, Curator of the MMU Visual Resources Centre. A link to the VRC Flickr feed features on out mainpage.

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About Michael Coates

Michael is a Principal Lecturer for Contextual Studies at the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, and a PhD student in architecture history at the Univeristy of Sheffield.

One comment

  1. visualresourcescurator

    In putting together this show, curators at the V&A made considerable use of the Design Council Slide Collection, which is held here in MMU’s Visual Resources Centre and is also available digitally on the VADS site at Some images from the collection have been included in the main catalogue that accompanies the exhibition, and over fifty images are used in the book ‘Award Winning British Design’, which has been published by the V&A in conjunction with the exhibition. I’ve put most of these images together in a set on the Visual Resources Flickr site, and you can see them by following this link:

    Design Centre Awards Exhibition, 1960

    I also have a copies of both the above publications, so any students (or staff) who would like to see them (perhaps if you’re thinking of going to see the show), are welcome to come and look at them in the Visual Resources Centre.

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