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.
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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 appoin

tment 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 email [email protected]

Get your orders in by this week as the MoDA shop will close in the New Year.
13/12/2023

Get your orders in by this week as the MoDA shop will close in the New Year.

MoDA's online shop will close permanently in January 2024. Buy MoDA's publications now before they are no longer available. We have a range of books based on the collections here: https://ow.ly/oggx50QeqWZ

MoDA's online shop will close permanently in January 2024.  Buy MoDA's publications now before they are no longer availa...
01/12/2023

MoDA's online shop will close permanently in January 2024. Buy MoDA's publications now before they are no longer available. We have a range of books based on the collections here: https://ow.ly/oggx50QeqWZ

Collections Manager Sian Woodward finds Kirsty Kerr's report 'Cataloguing the 'Oriental' in MoDA's Collection' a valuabl...
03/10/2023

Collections Manager Sian Woodward finds Kirsty Kerr's report 'Cataloguing the 'Oriental' in MoDA's Collection' a valuable resource to inspire ethical cataloguing practices across the sector.

We were delighted to host student Kirsty Kerr from Leicester University who was on a placement at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture for one day a week between April and June this year. Kirsty is part of the New Museum School Advanced Programme run by Culture& and Museum Studies at Leice...

The power of naming matters. Kirsty's second post on cataloguing the 'Oriental' within MoDA's collection reflects on que...
28/09/2023

The power of naming matters. Kirsty's second post on cataloguing the 'Oriental' within MoDA's collection reflects on questions of power and representation in collections-related museum information

We were delighted to host student Kirsty Kerr from Leicester University who was on a placement at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture for one day a week between April and June this year. Kirsty is part of the New Museum School Advanced Programme run by Culture& and Museum Studies at Leice...

Meet Kirsty Kerr, a Masters student on the New Museum School Advanced Programme run by Culture& School of Museum Studies...
26/09/2023

Meet Kirsty Kerr, a Masters student on the New Museum School Advanced Programme run by Culture& School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester as she dives deep into the complexities of the term 'Oriental' and its implications within MoDA's collection. 🧐

We were delighted to host student Kirsty Kerr from Leicester University who was on a placement at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture for one day a week between April and June this year. Kirsty is part of the New Museum School Advanced Programme run by Culture& and Museum Studies at Leice...

There's a lot about artificial intelligence in the news, but have you ever wondered how museums might use AI?  https://m...
09/06/2023

There's a lot about artificial intelligence in the news, but have you ever wondered how museums might use AI?
https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/2020/05/13/towards-a-national-collection/

Towards a National Collection is a major five-year £18.9 million project aimed at making collections in the UK’s world-renowned museums, archives, libraries and galleries more accessible and more ‘joined-up’. Funding is provided through UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund...

Today is   and we are featuring   stencils depicting the Great Wave. Turbulent water is often used as a metaphor for dif...
08/06/2023

Today is and we are featuring stencils depicting the Great Wave. Turbulent water is often used as a metaphor for difficulties. The second stencil also includes floating gourds, travelling with seeds, representing triumph over adversity.

It's   and   is the focus of today! We hold books and ephemera related to the kitchen, home appliances and cooking. This...
07/06/2023

It's and is the focus of today! We hold books and ephemera related to the kitchen, home appliances and cooking. This blog by Alice Naylor is a kind of ‘micro-history’ of domestic life in post war Britain and features leaflets relating to the kitchen and to home appliances. They date from 1950 to 1960 and were all from a house in Hornchurch, Essex.

We recently acquired a collection of leaflets and other ephemera related to the kitchen and home appliances. Collectively they provide a kind of ‘micro-history’ of domestic life in Britain in the 1950s and 60s. Doctoral student, Alice Naylor, tells us more…

Museums try to keep up with technology, deciding which tools will allow people more engaging access to collections. MoDA...
06/06/2023

Museums try to keep up with technology, deciding which tools will allow people more engaging access to collections. MoDA hasn't tried NFTs or VR yet, but we do use APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to share collections on our website and others:

Here at MoDA, we’re always asking how more people can find and use our collections – valuable primary source material for learning, teaching and research. So when we heard about Jstor’s Open Community Collections platform, we had to find out more! Jstor has long been known as a place to find a...

Our morning session of In Conversation event: Interwar Suburbia on 7th June is now fully booked so we now have an aftern...
02/06/2023

Our morning session of In Conversation event: Interwar Suburbia on 7th June is now fully booked so we now have an afternoon session. The session is free but booking is essential

This informal session will explore the development of the North London suburbs in the 1920s and 30s

We're marking the signs of spring with a lovely carousel of spring-inspired textile designs by the Silver Studio. Can yo...
24/03/2023

We're marking the signs of spring with a lovely carousel of spring-inspired textile designs by the Silver Studio. Can you spot your favourite spring flower?

Head over to our website http://ow.ly/g9qQ50NoJbK to see more of the beautiful Silver Studio designs, find out about the history of the Silver Studio here http://ow.ly/jIMX50NoJbJ, or find out about booking a visit to see them in the paint-and-paper here http://ow.ly/Iimv50NoJbL!

Great to see that Jessica Kelly's new book, No More Giants, is now out, published by Manchester University Press Jessica...
23/03/2023

Great to see that Jessica Kelly's new book, No More Giants, is now out, published by Manchester University Press Jessica's research focused on the magazine The Architectural Review, held at MoDA
http://ow.ly/Qnaa50Nl1Ib

Whether you're a writer, a student, a researcher, or a design enthusiast, our domestic design, magazine, textile and wallpaper collections offer endless opportunities for exploration and creativity. Take a look at our website if you think we might have something of interest, and get in touch!

Design History Society Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) Middlesex University

We're looking forward to this new book by Tom Fort, due out in May!  Tom was one of the first visitors in our Study Room...
17/03/2023

We're looking forward to this new book by Tom Fort, due out in May! Tom was one of the first visitors in our Study Room after lockdown, so it's great to see the end result



Tom Fort made his name as a writer with his bestselling travel narrative The A303: Highway to the Sun. He now focuses on matters closer to home by celebrati...

Seasonal greetings from all of us at MoDA. We are now closed and will reopen on 4th January. We look forward to your enq...
21/12/2022

Seasonal greetings from all of us at MoDA. We are now closed and will reopen on 4th January. We look forward to your enquiries and remember that anyone who wants to look at our collection can book an appointment for next year at https://moda.mdx.ac.uk/appointments/

An early Christmas present -  for the first time, anyone can view these beautiful 19th-century images of Japanese flower...
14/12/2022

An early Christmas present - for the first time, anyone can view these beautiful 19th-century images of Japanese flowers from the comfort of their own home.

MoDA holds three albums of images by Japanese photographer Kazumasa Ogawa (1860-1929), and we have digitized two of them, following extensive conservation work Lilies of Japan and Chrysanthemums of Japan       Digitizing the albums makes these fragile publications available to be viewed by studen...

For   we are sharing 'Carafe' wallpaper designed by June Lyon and produced by John Line & Sons in 1956. The wallpaper is...
07/12/2022

For we are sharing 'Carafe' wallpaper designed by June Lyon and produced by John Line & Sons in 1956. The wallpaper is featured in the Shire Publications Wallpaper book by Zoe Hendon. You can purchase the book from our online shop http://ow.ly/CXVy50LON8L. Postage is free and any orders before will receive a complimentary fridge magnet with the same design.

This 1921 notgeld shows  the 'funny person', also known as Hans Wurst leading the Schipperhöge parade, a traditional fes...
05/12/2022

This 1921 notgeld shows the 'funny person', also known as Hans Wurst leading the Schipperhöge parade, a traditional festival that still occurs in Lauenburg in January. Find out more about this and other notgeld here 👉 http://bit.ly/3OMSKFz

1 Mark Lauenburg an der Elbe notgeld Date 1921 Code CH/5/4/2/5/64 Level Item More details This notgeld is from Lauenburg an der Elbe and has the value of 1 Mark. It shows a joker performing some tricks in his colourful dress. A group of children is watching him. The inscription in German reads: 'die...

Language appears in many different forms and types within our collection. 'Sir Gibbie' written by the Scottish author Ge...
04/12/2022

Language appears in many different forms and types within our collection. 'Sir Gibbie' written by the Scottish author George MacDonald is notable for its use of Doric dialogue (a mid-North or Northeast Scottish dialect) http://bit.ly/3F8m5Hw

Essential reading for social occasions and parties, 'Manners and Rules of Good Society' by a Member of the Aristocracy, ...
02/12/2022

Essential reading for social occasions and parties, 'Manners and Rules of Good Society' by a Member of the Aristocracy, 1890 covers important etiquette for dinner parties and public balls. Read an extract here 👉 http://bit.ly/3VC8WM6

Peel back the layers of time with us through the wallpaper sandwich, which came to MoDA in 2003. The fragments were dona...
01/12/2022

Peel back the layers of time with us through the wallpaper sandwich, which came to MoDA in 2003. The fragments were donated to MoDA by a company who were renovating the dormitories at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge in 2001. The twelve fragments represent over two hundred years of history and range from the top layer of white 1980s woodchip paper to a late eighteenth century block printed, handmade paper.

In 2018 our Curator explored the role of wallpaper in crafting identity. Find out more on our website: http://bit.ly/3iaWsN5

One piece of 12-layered paper, and 12 individual layers of wallpaper dating from c.1780-1980 salvaged from a wall in Peterhouse College, Cambridge in 2001

This fine beard adorns the face of the father of the Silver Studio, Arthur Silver (1853-1896). The Silver Studio Designa...
30/11/2022

This fine beard adorns the face of the father of the Silver Studio, Arthur Silver (1853-1896).

The Silver Studio Designated collection forms the heart of MoDA, and you can find out more about it on our website http://bit.ly/3F4hbKz

Ever fancied travelling in time?   ! This is a timeline visualisation of our collections created for a research project ...
29/11/2022

Ever fancied travelling in time? ! This is a timeline visualisation of our collections created for a research project -
find out all about it here 👉 http://bit.ly/3VdPsOl

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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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