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Welcome to The British Display Society

Established in 1947 the British Display Society was created to encourage and promote the highest standards of Visual Merchandising design and of display 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 the retail world it seeks to service and enhance.  The last 50 years of the British Display Society are logged in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s archive.

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, prop manufacture and exhibition design. Some practise as freelance designers.

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.  We also recommend colleges and courses some of which hold our Centre of Excellence Award .

If a college course isn’t suitable to your needs we offer our own Online Course which  you can do at your leisure as well as our Practical Course which lasts just one day and takes you through the basic principles and guidelines of Display.



Online Courses

Are you looking for a rewarding career in visual merchandising, display, point of sale design or exhibition design?
If so, seek help from the profession’s top training body, The British Display Society Click here for details

Practical Courses

If time is short how about our one day course with a practical element too. Teaching the basic guidelines of window dressing and display – part classroom and part hands-on. Click here for details



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 Corporate membership.

Find out more about the benefits of joining The British Display Society.




Centre of Excellence

The BDS is now offering a ‘Centre of Excellence’ Recognition to all Colleges and retail in-house training, offering courses in the field of Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior Design and all other Design disciplines in addition to existing Display, Point-of-Sale and Exhibition design. We are now pleased to offer the opportunity for your courses to have professional underpinning by awarding BDS recognition status, thus giving your students a head start when entering the work force with professional credibility. Find out more…