Professor Anne Massey

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Professor of Design and Culture Associate Dean of Research and Head of the Graduate School

London College of Communication

Biography

Anne Massey is Professor of Design and Culture, Associate Dean of Research and Head of the Graduate School at LCC.

Professor Massey studied the history of modern art and design at the University of Northumbria (then Newcastle Polytechnic) where she also completed her PhD on The Independent Group: Towards a Redefinition. She was Director of Research in the School of Art & Design at Middlesex University before joining LCC in 2016. Before that she was Professor of Design History at Kingston University and founding Dean of the Media Arts Faculty, Southampton Solent University. She gained her MBA in 2000 and a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing in 2009.

She is the world expert on the interdisciplinary history and contemporary significance of the Independent Group. She has written eight single author books including Interior Design Since 1900 (Thames & Hudson, 1990, 3rd Edition, 2006); Blue Guide: Berlin and Eastern Germany (A & C Black, 1994); The Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945-59 (Manchester University Press, 1996); Hollywood Beyond the Screen: Design and Material Culture (Berg, 2000); Out of the Ivory Tower: The Independent Group and Popular Culture (Manchester University Press, 2013) and ICA 1946-68 (ICA, 2015). 

Research interests

Design, culture, pop art, Independent Group, the ephemeral, archives and historiography, curating the past into the present and into the future.

Research statement

I am interested in the ways in which histories and theories of design and culture are presented and represented over time, including both image and text. I value the overlooked, the ephemeral and the popular in all aspects of culture, from architecture through to popular music, from fine art to advertising and graphics to exhibition making. 

I continue to work on the interdisciplinary history and contemporary significance of the Independent Group, acting as consultant curator, contributing author to exhibition catalogues internationally as well as edited collections. In looking at the overlooked, I use auto ethnography and feminist research methods as a guiding light.

I have worked extensively with archives, particularly those of the ICA where I am Research Associate. I am Co-convenor of the Design History Society Annual Conference to be held at Middlesex University on the theme of Design and Time in September 2016. I am currently co-editing Pop Art & Design with Alex Seago for Bloomsbury, to be published in 2017 and editing The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Design, to be published in 2018. 

Students

Completed students and thesis titles

Vanessa Paynton, The Ideal Kinema.

Jen Brown, The History of Do-It-Yourself.

Alia Al-Khalidi, Menstruation in Material and Promotional Culture: The Commodification and Mediation of Female Sanitary Products in Britain, 1880-1914.

Robin Jones, The Empire of Things: Sri Lanken Furniture.

Dennis Wardleworth, Building the Modern Corporation: Corporate Art Patronage in Interwar Britain.

Hannah Rumball, The Visual Culture of Quaker Dress. (AHRC funded)

Harriet McKay, Accommodating the Passenger: Interior Design for the Union Castle Line, 1945-77. (AHRC funded)

Jessica Kelly, "Ardour of the Layman": The Architectural Review and Public Discussions of Architecture.

Lyanne Holcombe, Art, Luxury and Taste: The Design and Decoration of the Regents Palace Hotel London 1890-1939.

Paddy O’Shea, BOAC and the Interior of the Jet Aircraft, 1939-74.

Claudia Marfella, Aesthetic Values of the 1950s: Gillo Dorfles and Reyner Banham and the Activities of the IG and MAC.

Daniel Davies, Serving the Empire: P&O, Design, Identity and Representation, 1837-1969. (AHRC funded CDA with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich).

 

Project awards, and grants

2016, Awarded £750 by the Design History Society towards publication costs for Pop Art & Design

2014, Awarded £10,000 by Paul Mellon Fund for production of ICA book

2012, Scouloudi Foundation, £850 for production of MUP book

2011, AHRC, Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich on Serving the Empire: P & O, Design, Modernity and Representation. Value c£60,000

Paul Mellon Fund, support for conference, BUNK: 60 Years of the Independent Group. Value £1,500

2007, AHRC, Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich on Accommodating the Passenger: Interior Design for the Union Castle Line, 1945-77. Value c£55,000

2006 , British Academy, £2,000 for Tate Britain conference: Between Concept, Practice and Discipline: The Legacy of the Independent Group in the Digital Age.

2006, AHRC, £12,600 for The Metallization of a Dream: Eduardo Paolozzi and the Independent Group, a case study in creative practice and theory in the digital age.

2004, AHRC, £4,976 for Designing Liners: Interior Design Afloat.

2004, EFCE £12,000 for Promising Young Researchers Scheme.

2002, ADC-LTSN £2,600 for Developing Creativity for the World of Work.

1997, Southern Arts, £2,000 for exhibition Romancing Hollywood: the Construction and Reception of Glamour.    

Selected research outputs