I have written two chapters for multi-authored works. They are very similar, the second being borrowed from the first. They are both about the history of Utility Furniture, that is furniture that was produced under Government control during and after the Second World War. Alongside the empirical history the articles deal with the notion of a ‘myth’ of Utility and as such are about the way history is written. This work stemmed from my MA dissertation which was part of a degree in post-war art and design at Winchester School of Art/Southampton University. I studied under the late Judy Attfield to whom I have much to be grateful for. Judy encouraged me in my research and oversaw my first step towards further research, publication and a spell working in Higher Education.
Both volumes are available online although Utility Reassessed is frighteningly expensive.