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Our Research

Our flourishing research and scholarship culture celebrates and enables original investigation; extending knowledge fields and developing new understanding within the arts.

Archives and special collections

AUB is home to some amazing special collections which support our research and teaching and are also accessible to the public.

Discover the Thorp Archive, MoDiP (Museum of Design in Plastics) and the collections housed within our specialist library.

Display Cabinet


MoDiP is the UK's leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics and specialist research resource

Photo of an architectural model from the Thorp Archive

The Thorp Archive

AUB is the proud custodian of the Thorp Architectural Modelmaking Archive – the oldest architectural modelmakers in Britain.

The Materials Library found inside the AUB Library

Library collections

Explore specialist collections found in AUB's library including, Artists' books, the Materials Library and the Visionaire Collection

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At AUB, we celebrate, support and enable research within the arts.
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Research Groups

Our Research Network brings together a range of researchers, staff, postdoctoral and graduate students develop their common interests...
The Playground Project

Research standards

Our Research Ethics Policy and Procedure document sets out the guiding principles for the development and conduct of research
research sketch book with S design

Research Degrees

If you aspire to know your subject in greater depth or make a significant academic contribution, a research degree could be the answer
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Our research

AUBREI – Arts University Bournemouth Research Excellence and Impact repository