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.
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.