things magazine was originally founded in 1994 by a group of writers and historians based at the Victoria & Albert Museum/Royal College of Art. things embodies the belief that objects can open up new ways of understanding the world, building on MA research and taking a curatorial eye out into the world. The course still exists and continues to actively publish the research it generates: visit the RCA/V&A website for more information. They have their own design history website, Un-Making Things.
We’re now independent from both the V&A and RCA. What began as a biannual home for new writing – essays, reviews, short stories and poems – about objects and their meanings has gradually evolved into this website. This site began as a way of promoting the magazine but quickly evolved into a regular weblog, starting in September 2001. The site also contains photography galleries, special projects, searchable archives, many years of weblog posts and the occasional on-line only article.