Earlier this week, I went to the Design Archives at the University of Brighton, to see if they wanted Daphne Padden’s archives, or at least what we had acquired of it.
Fortunately they were not only very delightful but also decided they did want them, and these three images are just a few of the designs that are now in their safekeeping.
With them are also all manner of other things, including rough sketches, a kind of portfolio of work (some of which I have posted here before) and much else besides. Once they’ve been catalogued and conserved, students and researchers can go and have a look at them.
I’m really pleased, and not just because it’s a relief to have found a good home for a collection which deserved better than just hanging round our house not being seen. It’s also good because the sketches and collected work showed me that she had done a great deal more in her life than just design posters – and a great deal more than anyone would have expected from a woman working alone at that time (I’m thinking particularly of the Marks and Spencers designs here). Now that story won’t be lost, it’s preserved for good, and I think that’s really important.