Other useful websites

Sconul Access member libraries

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Specialist libraries

See also the Local History archives in individual boroughs - search for them under Libraries.

  • ArchDaily
    Compiled by architects - good for research, up-to-date projects and architectural products.

  • Architonic
    This platform can be used to find products, brands, retailers, and expertise for architecture and design.

  • Archives Hub
    Archives are a good source of primary material. Find out if there is an archive on your research area, where it is, and how to access it.

  • ARH net
    Research into the history of modern arts, architecture and design. It consists of three linked databases: ReVIEW - digitized, searchable versions of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art journals; Arts & Architecture ProFILES (AAP) - a biographical dictionary of modern artists, designers, architects, craftspeople and photographers; Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR).

  • Barbour Product Search
    A "searchable database of products and suppliers, including images, case studies, technical data, catalogues, news and project data".

  • British and Irish Furniture Makers Online
    A digital resource created in a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research and the Furniture History Society. It contains details of furniture manufacturers and suppliers - their organising structures, their clientele, the material they produced and the services they provided - from the beginning of the 17th century to the early 20th century.

  • BSI Knowledge Centre and Shop
    Find information on British Standards.

  • designboom
    This is a design magazine website covering history and the contemporary. It includes articles, competitions, shop, videos, snapshots, and a product library.

  • Design Museum Designers
    Provides profiles of the leading designers.

  • How Products Are Made
    This online encyclopaedia covers a wide range of products. Browse the volumes or use the search box. Also includes inventor biographies.

  • International Textile Collection
    The collection is based at the University of Leads, but you can search for textiles and view images and descriptions on their website. The collection dates from the Ancient Egyptian to the present day, with the greater part covering the 19th and early 20th centuries. It's particularly good for embroideries from China and the Mediterranean region, resists and weaves from Indonesia, India and West Africa, and European woven samples. This collection includes the former International Textiles Archive known as ULITA.

  • MoDiP
    The Museum of Design in Plastics is based in Poole, but the collections can be searched online.

  • Survey of London
    This is the website of the Survey of London's Whitechapel project. Use it to explore the histories of Whitechapel’s buildings and places. It includes a map, information about every building in Whitechapel as of 2016, photographs, stories, research, film clips and audio recordings.

  • Trendhunter
    TrendHunter.com is a trend community. The site includes trend reports and consumer insights, and events.

  • World-architects.com
    Useful website for international profiles on architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting consultants, and architectural photographers. Also provides reviews and job vacancies.

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