Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture MoDA's collections provide an insight into domestic design and home life in Britain 1880-1960. MoDA is an accessible research collection. We don’t have public exhibition galleries, but you are welcome to make an appointment to view collections up close in our Study Room.
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We welcome all kinds of Study Room visitors – students, researchers and members of the public. You don’t need to be associated with an academic institution. If you would like to find out more about any aspect of the collections you are very welcome to make an appointment or find out more about appointments. To make an appointment or have a look at our collections visit our website: https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/ For other enquiries please call 020 8411 5244 or email [email protected]

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We'll soon be launching new website pages focusing on perspectives on 'home': what it means and how it is experienced. F...
28/08/2020

We'll soon be launching new website pages focusing on perspectives on 'home': what it means and how it is experienced. For now, why not have a listen to our podcast conversation with historians Prof. Jane Hamlett and Prof. Trevor Keeble on the history of the 'home'?
Listen here 👉http://ow.ly/Ubww50BaCnk

Recent research by The Fawcett Society - Official Queen Mary University of London The London School of Economics and Pol...
27/08/2020

Recent research by The Fawcett Society - Official Queen Mary University of London The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE shows rise in perceived inequalities in housework between mothers and fathers in the UK during Covid.
Full report here http://ow.ly/wOMK50BawO3

Earlier this year we discussed histories of housework, Covid and inequality with @suff66 and @RosieCox007
in our podcast #ThatFeelsLikeHome. Check out the episode here 👉 http://ow.ly/nDBN50Baxkg

A few days ago, the govt extended the eviction ban, but activists @LondonRentersUnion @generationrentuk are calling for ...
25/08/2020

A few days ago, the govt extended the eviction ban, but activists @LondonRentersUnion @generationrentuk are calling for a permanent ban on evictions for Covid-related arrears. In our latest podcast with LSE sociologist David J. Madden we discussed why the housing system is so flawed, check it out👇 http://ow.ly/SslA50B7ASb

In Episode 6 of #ThatFeelsLikeHome podcast Ana Baeza and @davidjmadden look at housing legislation during earlier social...
05/08/2020

In Episode 6 of #ThatFeelsLikeHome podcast Ana Baeza and @davidjmadden look at housing legislation during earlier social crises and regulation to protect residents. How are current campaigns tackling the basic right to an affordable home? https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/conversations/home-housing/ #home #housing

S2, Ep5 of #ThatFeelsLikeHome podcast is now available. Ana Baeza talks to @RosieCox007 and @suff66 about the boundaries...
17/07/2020

S2, Ep5 of #ThatFeelsLikeHome podcast is now available. Ana Baeza talks to @RosieCox007 and @suff66 about the boundaries between home and work. How does this effect everyday life, privacy and professional relationships?
http://ow.ly/d2Ww50AzYWf #podcast #homeworking #housework

As university museums face the continuation of social distancing measures, how will this affect learning with collection...
14/07/2020
Collections-based learning during COVID 19 - Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)

As university museums face the continuation of social distancing measures, how will this affect learning with collections? Watch this discussion with Thomas Kador (UCL), Zoe Hendon (Middlesex), Judy Willcocks (UAL) and other colleagues from university museums on the hopes and challenges ahead. The event was coordinated by Annelies Van de Ven and Ana Baeza. Watch here 👉http://ow.ly/7Prt50Au9GM

We have spent a long time highlighting the virtues and value of learning in physical social spaces with physical sensory objects. Now that museum staff and visitors are physically separated from both the spaces and the objects, how can museums best support Object Based Learning (OBL) – or indeed a...

Out now - Ep 4 of #ThatFeelsLikeHome. Ana Baeza talks to Elizabeth Darling (Oxford Brookes University) and Lukas Engelma...
10/07/2020

Out now - Ep 4 of #ThatFeelsLikeHome. Ana Baeza talks to Elizabeth Darling (Oxford Brookes University) and Lukas Engelmann (University of Edinburgh) about the history of hygiene & sanitation. They discuss differences and parallels between then and now. How are today's narratives around the home, health and the pandemic comparable to those of the past? Find it wherever you get your podcasts! #home #hygiene #sanitation #history #podcast

Episode 3 of #ThatFeelsLikeHome podcast is now available.  In this episode we consider the sounds of our homes, from the...
03/07/2020
S2, Episode 3: Home Sounds - Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)

Episode 3 of #ThatFeelsLikeHome podcast is now available. In this episode we consider the sounds of our homes, from the radio to silence to the mundane sounds of day to day, and how we are possibly more aware of them during Covid19. Ana Baeza talks to Jo Tacchi and sound artist and knitter Felicity Ford about how these audiophonic landscapes are changing with digital technologies.
://moda.mdx.ac.uk/conversations/home-sounds/

In this episode we consider the sounds of our homes, from the radio to silence to the mundane sounds of day to day, and how we are possibly more aware of them during Covid19. Ana Baeza talks to Jo Tacchi and sound artist and knitter Felicity Ford about how these audiophonic landscapes are changing w...

I don't know how you feel about writing in books, but we love these traces of #BookHistory! Rex Silver's notes suggest h...
03/07/2020

I don't know how you feel about writing in books, but we love these traces of #BookHistory! Rex Silver's notes suggest he was either planning to buy or had bought some casts. Brucciani & Co made casts of classical sculptures selling off-casts to schools for art education.

Our homes are sensory spaces. How have we (re)learnt to live in these spaces under Covid-19?In episode 2 of our #podcast...
18/06/2020

Our homes are sensory spaces. How have we (re)learnt to live in these spaces under Covid-19?
In episode 2 of our #podcast, #ThatFeelsLikeHome, Ana Baeza & anthropologist Sarah Pink discuss the effects of Covid19 on the touch, sounds, tastes, and sight of our homes.
https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/conversations/home-senses/

Episode 1 of the second season of #ThatFeelsLikeHome is now live. In #HomeSpaces MoDA's curator, Ana Baeza, talks to his...
11/06/2020
S2, Episode 1: Home Spaces - Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)

Episode 1 of the second season of #ThatFeelsLikeHome is now live. In #HomeSpaces MoDA's curator, Ana Baeza, talks to historians Trevor Keeble and @JaneHamlett about the design of homes in Britain and use of home spaces in the context of Covid19. https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/conversations/home-spaces/

In this episode MoDA's curator, Ana Baeza, talks to historians Trevor Keeble (Portsmouth University) and Jane Hamlett (Royal Holloway, University of London) about the design of homes in Britain from the nineteenth century onward. They discuss the idea of the home as a private space, and consider how...

05/06/2020
Findmypast

Don't worry if you missed the Findmypast live video with Deborah Sugg Ryan on home and design in the interwar period - you can watch the recording here. A very interesting discussion and thank you for the mention Deborah 😀#HouseHistory

Alex chats to Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan (consultant and contributor, A House Through Time; Professor of Design History, University of Portsmouth) for a look at home and design in the inter-war period.

If you've got any questions for Deborah, be sure to add them below!

#objectoftheweek is the book 'English wine & Cordials' by the french-born Andre Simon, a wine merchant and prolific writ...
25/05/2020

#objectoftheweek is the book 'English wine & Cordials' by the french-born Andre Simon, a wine merchant and prolific writer on wine. The brightly illustrated cover is perfect for #nationalwineday https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/object/badda2440/ #bookdesign #bookillustration #wine

We're using the #lockdown period to review the air con system in our #museum stores.We might be able to move to one that...
15/05/2020

We're using the #lockdown period to review the air con system in our #museum stores.
We might be able to move to one that's greener and more energy efficient: good for us, and for the environment as a whole.

#ClimateCrisis #MuseumsAreNotNeutral #FridaysForFuture #ClimateChange

Looking back to our #Katagami project for #MuseumMomentsMW. @MamikoMarkham investigated the Japanese stencils in in our ...
14/05/2020

Looking back to our #Katagami project for #MuseumMomentsMW. @MamikoMarkham investigated the Japanese stencils in in our collections using infrared photography to discover more about the makers http://ow.ly/IWpH50zG0uE #MuseumsWeek #ThrowbackThursday

Today's #WallpaperWednesday treat is this peacock feather design by Arthur Silver c.1895. The design is stencilled onto ...
06/05/2020

Today's #WallpaperWednesday treat is this peacock feather design by Arthur Silver c.1895. The design is stencilled onto grasspaper. You can watch former Collections Assistant Gemma talk about our grasspaper stencil collection here - https://bit.ly/2zbBQxZ

30/04/2020
Clip from S1 E5 of podcast 'That Feels Like Home': Home Writer

In S1 Ep5 of our podcast, writer and Associate Professor in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Josie Barnard, explains the importance of physically connecting with things from the past to feed the creative process. Have you tried writing about a museum object, or any object around you? Find out more about this episode on our website https://bit.ly/35q7eVu #MuseumFromHome

We’re about to record the second season of our podcast! Season Two of #ThatFeelsLikeHome will explore multiple stories a...
30/04/2020

We’re about to record the second season of our podcast! Season Two of #ThatFeelsLikeHome will explore multiple stories around home in the current crisis. Listen to the trailer and find out how to get involved on our website https://bit.ly/2WdA86N #MuseumFromHome

This week's #FontSunday feature is an exhibition catalogue of British silks, held at Prince's Skating Club, June 5-19, 1...
26/04/2020

This week's #FontSunday feature is an exhibition catalogue of British silks, held at Prince's Skating Club, June 5-19, 1912. Prince's was a London ice rink opened on Montpelier Square on 7 November 1896, but it also hosted women's exhibitions, including those held by the #WSPU

Happy Birthday #Shakespeare! We found these notes inside this book about Shakespeare's life, by Irish poet Prof. Edward ...
23/04/2020

Happy Birthday #Shakespeare! We found these notes inside this book about Shakespeare's life, by Irish poet Prof. Edward Dowden,1918. The notes were written by Rex Silver (of Silver Studio) in 1950, and they include the fact that Shakespeare 'lodged in Silver Street' #BookHistory

22/04/2020

#objectoftheweek is a wallpaper sandwich of 12 layers from a dormitory at Peterhouse, Cambridge. A conservation project initially, popular in collection sessions & more recently a focus for student creative writing. See here http://ow.ly/FyE250zkwrH #wallpaperwednesday

Any Medieval lovers out there? MoDA's collection of 19th century Munchener Kalenders (Munich calendars) might appeal to ...
19/04/2020

Any Medieval lovers out there? MoDA's collection of 19th century Munchener Kalenders (Munich calendars) might appeal to you! They were designed by Otto Hupp and were issued by the Zentralverein für Kirchenbau, who decided in 1884 to produce an art calendar. Hupp's main field of work was heraldry, painting more than 6,000 coats of arms and writing heraldic books. The Munchener Kalenders became quite popular and reached sales of 17000 copies in 1895. #FontSunday

This week's #BookHistory feature is 'A Practical Guide to Stencilling', by artist Frank Gibson, 1923. It is an illustrat...
17/04/2020

This week's #BookHistory feature is 'A Practical Guide to Stencilling', by artist Frank Gibson, 1923. It is an illustrated guide to stencilling with information about materials and methods. It also includes a loose stencil oil colour chart by Reeves & Sons! #ThingsFoundInBooks 🎨

Don't miss our latest podcast episode Home Writer! We talk with @josiebarnard about her new book The Multimodal Writer, ...
16/04/2020

Don't miss our latest podcast episode Home Writer! We talk with @josiebarnard about her new book The Multimodal Writer, how writing relates to place, the tools and mindmaps writers use, and how this has all changed with digital technology. Listen here http://ow.ly/jyoi50zf48d #FeelsLikeHome #podcast

We return to the book 'Nooks and Corners' by Jane Ellen Panton as #ObjectOfTheWeek with its amusing inscriptions. Margin...
15/04/2020

We return to the book 'Nooks and Corners' by Jane Ellen Panton as #ObjectOfTheWeek with its amusing inscriptions. Marginalia like this & other practices of writing are discussed by @josiebarnard in new 'Home Writer' episode of #ThatFeelsLikeHome podcast -https://bit.ly/3a6YZ1d

This sketch for mosaic-style wallpaper design is attributed to Arthur Silver of the #SilverStudio, 1887. Discover more o...
15/04/2020

This sketch for mosaic-style wallpaper design is attributed to Arthur Silver of the #SilverStudio, 1887. Discover more of our wallpaper collections here: https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/collections/wallpaper/
#WallpaperWednesday #MuseumFromHome

Our #FontSunday choice this week is a catalogue for an exhibition of Old Lowestoft China (Soft Paste), by A B Daniell & ...
12/04/2020

Our #FontSunday choice this week is a catalogue for an exhibition of Old Lowestoft China (Soft Paste), by A B Daniell & Sons, 1911. A B Daniell and Sons was a London based merchant who represented major English #ceramic factories such as Minton and Worcester.

Happy Easter to you all - we hope the Easter bunny managed to get to all. There are many going in all directions on this...
12/04/2020

Happy Easter to you all - we hope the Easter bunny managed to get to all. There are many going in all directions on this nursery print from 1950s #Easter #EasterSunday #EasterBunny #bunnies

Textile Vorbilder illustrated bound portfolio contains a range of textile designs, c.1930. There are numerous paint spot...
10/04/2020

Textile Vorbilder illustrated bound portfolio contains a range of textile designs, c.1930. There are numerous paint spots throughout, suggesting the book was used as design reference material in the Silver Studio! It also contains the original publisher label #BookHistory

Christian Stoll was a publisher that created many design portfolios, working with a number of artists in the German city of Leipzig.

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The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) developed from a number of collections acquired by Middlesex University between the late 1960s and the 1990s. The first and most important of these was the Silver Studio Collection, which was given to what was then the Hornsey College of Art in 1966.

MoDA is part of Middlesex University. We are an accessible research collection and we welcome students, researchers and members of the public by appointment. Find out more here: https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/visit-us/about-appointments/

Our mission is to preserve and hold in trust for society our internationally important collections relating to British domestic design and architecture 1870-1960. MoDA is committed to exploring the collections with our audiences, co-creating knowledge and understanding and using the collections to inspire creativity. We support and challenge audiences to learn with and from the collections, to demonstrate their learning in varied ways, and to feed that knowledge back into a shared knowledge base. For other enquiries visit https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/visit-us/contact-us/ or please call 020 8411 5244 or email [email protected] Read more about MoDA at https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/

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