Designers at Goldsmiths create protective ‘sunglasses’ for puffins

What would eyewear for puffins look like, and why would puffins even need it in the first place? Designers from the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths created protective ‘sunglasses’ for this bird species as part of a project that investigates photoluminescence in the bill of the Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica).

In order to study the phenomenon, scientists had to shine ultraviolet (UV) light on the bills of live birds, which made the sunglasses necessary as a way to protect the birds’ eyes from potentially damaging UV light sources. Read more on the Goldsmiths website

“Windrush: Arrival 1948” exhibition with work by Rose Sinclair

An exhibition reimagining and recreating Windrush passenger landing cards will be opening on campus at Goldsmiths on 21 January, in the Kingsway Corridor of the Richard Hoggart Building.

Alongside recreations of 1,027 landing cards representing each passenger who arrived on the MV Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks on 22 June 1948, the exhibition also includes a mid-century Caribbean front room installation curated by lecturer Rose Sinclair from our department. More information can be found on the Goldsmiths website.