As a scholar and artist, one of the things Iâm most interested in is process. The process of making things. The process of research. The process of writing.
So often, we experience the final products of things â a book, presentation, article or film. Whatâs often sidelined is discussion of how we actually go about our work. All those messy drafts. Early mornings or late nights analysing data. Days scouring archives with hopes of finding that one groundbreaking document. ThisÂ blog offers a glimpse into some extraordinary finds among the design records at The National Archives.
Earlier this year, my PhD dissertation research led me to studying designs registered in the UK for copyright (seeÂ online guide) now held at The National Archives. These designs include various objects made in metal, wood, cloth, and glass.Â A total of around 3 million designs were registered for copyright from 1839-1991. In short, an extraordinary archive with vast scope for research. Surprisingly, few scholars have conducted in-depth studiesÂ of these records. Continue reading »