Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP)

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  • Reference
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  • Dates of Creation
      19th Century
      20th Century (1900 - 1945)
      20th Century (1946 - 1999)
      2000 - present
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description

Scope and Content

This fascinating collection of objects illustrates the role of plastics in design and culture. It provides an in-depth history of the use of synthetic plastics since their invention in the middle of the 19th century up to the present day. The variety of objects includes items ranging from moulded furniture, telephones, and glasses to children's toys and cruet sets. The searchable catalogue displays predominantly 20th and 21st century mass-produced design and popular culture, and the items support academic study.


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A Jisc funded digitisation initiative. Publisher: Arts University Bournemouth

Additional Information

Students and researchers of design and technology will value this collection illustrating the role of plastics in design and culture.