Welcome to The British Display Society


Representing the Visual Merchandising and Display Profession

Established in 1947 the British Display Society was created to encourage and promote the highest standards of Visual Merchandising design and of display installation throughout commerce, industry and indeed wherever display techniques were utilised. This embraced many different applications - Retail Windows, Point-of-Sale Display, Exhibitions and Museum Displays. Across the years the Society has constantly maintained its professional standing and adapted to changing times within both education and within the retail world it seeks to service and enhance.
Former BDS students work throughout the U.K. and indeed throughout the world as display managers, college lecturers and consultants. Many are engaged in the related fields of sales promotion, Point-of-Sale display manufacture and exhibition design. Some practise as freelance designers.photo of window display
Members are backed by the Society’s ‘Pathway to Professional Recognition’ through which affixes are awarded to members whose work and achievements are judged to meet the high standards demanded by the Society.

BDS Distance Learning Course 

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Launch of new Advanced Visual Merchinding Course

Following on from the success of our online course, Visual Merchandising - the Basics, we are pleased to offer a more advanced VM course.

This course will be aimed at those who have some experience in the industry and wish to increase their skills. The course includes two realistic practical assignments as well as an introduction to perspective drawing, organising production, project costing, becoming self-employed and health & safety.

As with our basic course, students will be able to start at any time and complete assignments at their own pace to fit in with their existing commitments.

The cost of the course is £560 but we are offering a reduction of £100 to the first four students that register, on the understanding that they will be expected to feedback any problems that they encounter and that they may experience minor glitches.

Full details are available at www.bdsonline.co.uk


Concorde Design Competition
The BDS joined forces with the Duxford Aviation Society in sponsoring a design competition where art & design students were required to produce a sculptural or relief design based on the title ‘Concorde’

Student work

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Professional Recognition

Are you looking for further professional recognition?
If YES, then join the BDS!

We invite all professionals within the display, Interior Design, Point-of-Sale or related disciplines to apply for Member, Associateship, Licentiateship and Fellowship of the Society. We also invite companies to apply for Corprate membership. see membership

Contact Us

Please contact us by telephone, Mon - Fri from noon BST
or send you enquiry by email.
Telephone: +44 20 8856 2030