Domestic Design collection

Scope and Content

The Domestic Design Collection, 1850-1950, consists of 4,000 books, catalogues and brochures on mainly British domestic architecture and interior decoration. There is also a collection of journals and periodicals relating to many aspects of house building, buying and decorating over the same period.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Domestic Design collection was begun in the 1950s by staff at the former Hornsey College of Art at a time when books on 19th and early 20th Century architecture and designs could be acquired very cheaply. In the 1960s the acquisitions policy was extended to include trade catalogues of mostly British furnishers, upholsterers and interior decorators, and continues to the present day.

Access Information

Archival material is open for consultation in the Study Room Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, by appointment with the staff of the museum, subject to conservation status of the material concerned.

Acquisition Information

Via Hornsey College of Art which subsequently became part of the present Middlesex University.

Other Finding Aids

Part of this collection is catalogued on the Middlesex University library system

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction of material is at the discretion of the curator.

Corporate Names