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.
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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. 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]

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.

Look no further for your #GoodFriday meal inspiration. This cookery book from 1935 has plenty of fish recipes and a fabu...
10/04/2020

Look no further for your #GoodFriday meal inspiration. This cookery book from 1935 has plenty of fish recipes and a fabulous front cover #fishonfridays

Do you prefer paint or wallpaper? This heavy design might not be such a calming pattern to look at whilst in #SelfIsolat...
08/04/2020

Do you prefer paint or wallpaper? This heavy design might not be such a calming pattern to look at whilst in #SelfIsolation! 'The Poppy' wallpaper was designed by the Silver Studio for manufacturer Shand Kydd Ltd, c.1900 #WallpaperWednesday #MuseumFromHome

Blossoms in the moonlight is #objectoftheweek. Designed by Winifred Mold, who as a female designer was encouraged to wor...
08/04/2020

Blossoms in the moonlight is #objectoftheweek. Designed by Winifred Mold, who as a female designer was encouraged to work at home to avoid influence from those working in the studio #workfromhome #blossomwatch #supermoon @nationaltrust

'Surgical Observations on the Constitutional Origin and Treatment of Local Diseases' by John Abernathy, was one of the e...
07/04/2020

'Surgical Observations on the Constitutional Origin and Treatment of Local Diseases' by John Abernathy, was one of the earliest popular works on medical science. MoDA's 1822 copy has some handwritten inscriptions too! #WorldHealthDay http://ow.ly/TNtj50yV7s8

Have you listened to our podcast That Feels Like Home http://ow.ly/G0m050z68YM? #COVID19 is changing how we live, so we'...
06/04/2020

Have you listened to our podcast That Feels Like Home http://ow.ly/G0m050z68YM? #COVID19 is changing how we live, so we're reviewing our plans for Season 2. Tell us what you'd like to hear about right now by taking this short survey (closing date April 13): http://ow.ly/Iq6l50z68YO

In #typography heaven with this Murdock Parlor Grate Company catalogue, c.1890, featuring some amazing adverts! 😍 #FontS...
05/04/2020

In #typography heaven with this Murdock Parlor Grate Company catalogue, c.1890, featuring some amazing adverts! 😍 #FontSunday

Spot the humorous inscriptions on this 1891 copy of Nooks and Corners, by Jane Ellen Panton! Panton's literary works wer...
03/04/2020

Spot the humorous inscriptions on this 1891 copy of Nooks and Corners, by Jane Ellen Panton! Panton's literary works were numerous, she also appeared as a model in several paintings, including the 1859 trilogy Past and Present by Augustus Egg #WomensHistoryMonth #BookHistory

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing the way we live. So we've been reviewing our plans for Season 2 of our podcast That Fe...
02/04/2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing the way we live. So we've been reviewing our plans for Season 2 of our podcast That Feels Like Home and want to know what you'd like to hear about right now. Please take 5 mins to complete this survey (open until 13th April): http://ow.ly/COYs50z34Bj Thank you!

Happy #WallpaperWednesday! Today's wallpaper features stylised trees, fruit and birds, and was designed by Harry Silver ...
01/04/2020

Happy #WallpaperWednesday! Today's wallpaper features stylised trees, fruit and birds, and was designed by Harry Silver of the #SilverStudio, c.1900. Although the Silver Studio produced highly original work, this design was influenced by Voysey's 'The Squire's Garden'

Are you staying fit with @yogawithadriene or @stayinworkout? We're pleased to share some toning exercises and stretches,...
30/03/2020

Are you staying fit with @yogawithadriene or @stayinworkout? We're pleased to share some toning exercises and stretches, from the book The Modern Woman (1933). Keep it up! #objectoftheweek

To learn more about The Modern Woman http://ow.ly/6Gyy50yZpWW

Happy Monday! Have you opened your window this morning and been greeted by some bird song? What can you see or hear outs...
30/03/2020

Happy Monday! Have you opened your window this morning and been greeted by some bird song? What can you see or hear outside your window? 🐤 'In Field and Barn', was written by May Byron & illustrated by W Foster, part of a series of 4 books about birds, 1913 #BreakfastBirdwatch

This theatre handbill advertises a play called 'Polly' which was shown at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1922. Actr...
27/03/2020

This theatre handbill advertises a play called 'Polly' which was shown at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1922. Actress Lilian Davies starred in the lead role. The play was a romantic opera by John Gay, and was a sequel to 'The Beggar's Opera'. #WorldTheatreDay #FridayFeeling

What #books are you reading at the moment? This beautiful Gleeson White #bookplate was found inside our copy of 'Some Pr...
27/03/2020

What #books are you reading at the moment? This beautiful Gleeson White #bookplate was found inside our copy of 'Some Principles of Every-day Art' by Lewis Day, 1890. As you can see the book has a fabulous floral #endpaper too!

Gleeson White was a nineteenth century writer on art, known for editing The Studio magazine and The Connoisseur. 📚

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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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