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The Museum of Design in Plastics, Arts University Bournemouth

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Rhoda handbag by Sarah Bayley, 2009

The Arts University Bournemouth is a specialist university college in art, design, media and performance. Established in 1883 it has developed to become one of the leading providers of teaching, learning and scholarship in its subject areas.

The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) was set up in 1988 as a collection of objects for learning and teaching entitled the 'Design Collection'. It became a registered museum in 2001. Following a decision to focus on plastics, it changed its name to the Museum of Design in Plastics in 2007. The following year it obtained full accreditation under the Museums, Libraries, and Archives Council's scheme. MoDiP is now acknowledged as the UK's leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics.

The collection consists of 9000 items complemented by the loan of the Plastics Historical Society Collection. Together the collections present an in depth history of the use of synthetic plastics since their invention in the middle of the 19th century to the present day.

The JISC funded project

The initial group of 1500+ objects shared here on the VADS website were part of a JISC funded project to improve the documentation of the collection. The Museum has plans to develop this number further in the future.

Bush TR82C transistor radio, 1959

Contact details and copyright

Address: MoDiP
The Arts University Bournemouth
BH12 5HH
Tel: 01202 363255

In every instance the Museum of Design in Plastics has done its utmost to obtain clearance from all IPR holders before adding images to this catalogue. In some cases the rights holders could not be traced. If you believe that any image has been used without permission please contact us on

Mr Potato Head character toy

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