Mission Statement

For the last 50 years, the Victoria & Albert Museum has held historic and archive files of the British Display Society and industry.

Established in 1947 the British Display Society was created to encourage and promote the highest standards of Visual Merchandising, Design and Display, Retail Windows & Interiors, 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 VM Managers, College Lecturers, Designers and Consultants.

Although we are based in the UK our members are worldwide!

Who we serve & why


VM Freelancers

Corporate Members

High Street