Dr. Sonia Ashmore is currently a Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum investigating the museum’s nineteenth century collections of Indian textiles as part of the ‘Fashioning Diaspora Space’ project funded by the AHRC’s Migrations and Diaspora’s programme (www.diasporas.ac.uk/index.htm). Previously she worked on the ESRC/AHRC funded ‘Shopping Routes’ investigation, contributing to the V&A’s ‘Sixties Fashion’ exhibition (2006/7) and book, Swinging Sixties, eds. C. Breward, D. Gilbert and J. Lister (London: V&A Publications 2006); London Journal (2006, 31:1, pp. 41-64) and Fashion’s World Cities, eds., C. Breward and D. Gilbert (2006). She interviewed a number of people for the exhibition website: See www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/1960s/sixtiesfashion Other recent publications include The Diary of Charles Holme’s 1889 Visit to Japan and North America, with Toni Huberman and Yasuko Suga, eds., (2008). ‘Liberty and Lifestyle; shopping for art and luxury in nineteenth century London’, in David Hussey and Margaret Ponsonby, eds., Buying for the Home: Domestic Consumption from Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century (2008). ‘Colour and corruption: issues in the nineteenth century Anglo-Indian textile trade’, (www.diasporas.ac.uk/assets/Ashmore%20working%20paper.pdf) (2007), and with Yasuko Suga, ‘Red House and Asia: A House and its Heritage’, Journal of William Morris Studies (17:1, pp.5-26). She contributed an article on Liberty & Co. for Scribner’s Encyclopaedia of Clothing and Fashion (2004). Sonia completed her PhD on Liberty and Co.’s trade with Asia in 2001 (Open University/ Camberwell College of Arts, The London Institute). Previously she taught design history at Kingston (now University), University of the West of England, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and the University of the Arts, London.

Dr Harriet Atkinson is Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art (RCA)’s History of Design department. She is currently editing two volumes: The Banham Lectures: designing the future (with Jeremy Aynsley, Berg, forthcoming 2009) and Design and Popular Entertainment (with Christopher Frayling and Emily King, Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2009). She completed her AHRC-funded PhD about the exhibitions of the 1951 Festival of Britain at the RCA/ Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)’s History of Design department in 2006 and has a MA from the Courtauld Institute and a BA (Hons) in English Literature with History of Art from York University. She has contributed essays and reviews to Findling & Pelle’s Historical Dictionary of World’s Fairs and Expositions (McFarland, 2008), Design Issues journal and Cambridge Architecture Journal: Scroope. Recently, she has spoken at conferences in Washington, Berkeley, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Reading, Dublin, Belfast and London. In 2005 she co-convened a symposium for new research into national and international exhibitions, festivals and world’s fairs held at the V&A.

J C Kristensen is an editor, researcher, lecturer and publisher in visual and material culture. She holds a research fellowship at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University London, where she is completing her PhD on the relationship between writing machines and bodies pre-twentieth century. She is an editor of the Journal of Visual Culture (www.journalofvisualculture.org), and managing editor of Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual and Material Culture (www.polygraphia.co.uk/paperweight), as well as the publisher at Polygraphia Press, a press specialising in visual and material culture (www.polygraphia.co.uk). She has formerly been the publishing editor of KIOSK: An Annual of Art, Design and Architecture (fada.kingston.ac.uk/kiosk/kiosk02/index.html), and an Executive Committee Member of the Design History Society (2005-2008). She has an MA in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory from Birkbeck College London and a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from King's College London.

Dr Jem Mackay is a Senior Technician for Audio at Falmouth University. He hosts www.swarmtv.net, which is a website for collaborative online filmmaking using Creative Commons Licensing. He designed and developed the Voices in the Visual Arts [VIVA] archive and website. He is involved in several research projects to do with group dynamics, intelligence and the Internet. He was awarded an MA in Digital Arts (with distinction) from Camberwell College of Arts, and studied Film & Video BA(Hons) at St Martins School of Art. He has written a chapter on the philosophical significance of collaboration in Richard Osborne's new book: Philosophy in Art(2008) and also a chpter about online training in Dr Marcus Leaning's book: Collaborative Learning in Media Education(2015).

Briony Salton began her career in the museum and heritage sector in 1999 at The Regency Town House (RTH) in Hove where she became Assistant Curator. During this time she also studied on BA (Hons) The History of Decorative Arts and Crafts at Brighton University. After graduating, she received the full scholarship from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) to study for the MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University, for which she was awarded a Distinction (2006). Following her MA, she continued to work in the sector at the Design Museum, Brighton Museum, the Arts Council, and the Crafts Council. Her professional interests include social history, with a particular focus on the home, and cutting edge design that blurs the boundaries between art and craft.  As part of the management team at Rabih Hage Gallery in Sloane Avenue, she was responsible for their exhibition space in Kings Cross. She moved to Winchester in 2008, where she is has joined the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton as their Development Officer. For the DHS project Briony made recordings with Gillian Naylor and Penny Sparke.

Linda Sandino is currently the Camberwell College of Arts/V&A Museum Senior Research Fellow in Oral History. While at Camberwell College of Arts (part of the University of the Arts London), she developed the Voices in the Visual Arts [VIVA] archive and website. She has also undertaken a substantial number of recordings for the Life Story Collection at The British Library National Sound Archive with architects, craftspeople, designers, and painters. She is editor of the Special Issue of the Journal of Design History ‘Oral Histories and Design’ (2006). Other publications have focused on the history and theory of contemporary applied arts. As well as teaching at Camberwell, Linda has taught art, craft, and design history and theory at Bath School of Art and Design, Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, Goldsmiths College, and the Royal College of Art. She has been a member of the Design History Society Executive Committee with responsibility for the Essay Prize (2006-8), and is currently the Society’s Oral History Project Officer.