The Museum of Design in Plastics is located in the library. Its purpose is to provide a dynamic study and research resource to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of popular design and culture.
It was created to enhance research and student learning and holds more than 12,500 (predominantly 20th Century) international, historical and contemporary design examples relating directly to the University’s specialist areas of study.
Established in 1988, the Museum of Design in Plastics became a registered museum in 2001. It offers a unique study, teaching and reference resource primarily for use by researchers and the staff and students of Arts University Bournemouth.
Comprising over 12,500 artefacts of predominantly 20th and 21st century mass produced design and popular culture, the items are selected specifically to support the academic courses taught at the University.
The collection was created to enhance student learning, providing access to international, historical and contemporary design examples ranging from c.1880 to the present day. The exhibits help to develop student critical awareness and understanding of design, manufacturing processes, materials, style, marketing and consumerism within relevant historical, social, cultural, political and economic contexts.
Comprising over 12000 artefacts of 20th & 21st Century design and popular culture the MoDiP collection offers a wide spectrum of artefacts which illustrate the role of plastics against social and historical contexts.Find out more
Current Exhibition: See Through
See through: This exhibition explores the reasons why we want to be able to see through an object, be it to see what is inside, to be able to see out, or to improve our vision, and how plastics materials are applied to these situations.Find out more
Expression Through Music at MODIP
The Museum of Design in Plastics, based at AUB, is inviting school children to visits its latest exhibition, Polyphonic: Music Through Plastics. This project, entitled Expression Through Music, is part of a wider project: w-Rap. W-Rap is the result of a successful Arts Council bid to develop a creative music project exploring the light and dark faces of plastics.Read More
MoDiP secures funding from Arts Council England
MoDiP has been granted funding for a project entitled Symbiosis: a new model of resilience for specialist museums. The project aims to create and pilot a new model of economic resilience for smaller museums by developing deeper, mutually-beneficial collaborations with industries relevant to MoDiP.Read More
Mariele Neudecker MoDiP Residency
Mariele Neudecker has been working with MoDiP and AUB students during her residency at AUB. Neudecker established a systematic method to select 40 boxes from the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) collection and arranged the contents of each as tabletop still lives.Read More
MoDiP to exhibit at AHRC's Creative Economy Showcase
AUB's very own Museum of Design in Plastics will exhibit at the 2014 AHRC Creative Economy Showcase. Thanks to an award from the AHRC, MoDiP — the only accredited museum in the UK with a focus on plastics — will run an exhibition stand and 60–minute breakout session focussing on their Ten Most Wanted project and the Imperial War Museum's Putting Art on the Map.Read More
MoDiP Plastics for Gold
'Plastics for Gold', an exhibition in the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) at the Arts University Bournemouth from the 24th May - 10th November 2012, has been awarded the Inspire Mark because it shares certain values of the Cultural Olympiad.Read More
Olympic Gold for the Museum of Design in Plastics
The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) at The Arts University Bournemouth has been awarded the Inspire Mark for their current exhibition ‘Plastics for Gold’, because it shares certain values of the Cultural Olympiad, celebrating diversity and internationality through the global character of design.Read More