The archives, which are located at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, hold visual and textual material documenting the story of the design establishment. They house 18 collections, including material from the Design Council and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations.
The grants, awarded in instalments of £60 000 each year over the next three years, will be used to invest in improving the storage of the collection as well as securing the archive’s future, says the Design Archives curatorial director Dr Catherine Moriarty.
It is the first time that the Design Archives have received Hefce funding. Hefce recently widened the remit of university collections eligible for funding following a review led by Sir Muir Russell.
Moriarty says, ‘Securing funding like this shows that design is really up there. It recognises the international importance of our resources and is a great achievement for the archive.’
The Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University and the British Cartoon Archive at Kent University have also been awarded funding by the Hefce following the review.