Umbrella, Mary Quant, 1960s

The Collection

MoDiP houses three distinct collections: the MoDiP collection, consisting of predominantly 20th and 21st century mass-produced artefacts; the Plastics Historical Society collection, which includes examples of the very-first man-made plastics; and the Worshipful Company of Horners collection of artefacts made from horn, a natural plastic. Together they amount to more than 12,500 artefacts and  provide a comprehensive history of the use of natural and synthetic plastics in design.


MoDiP is keen to share its collections and information about them as widely as possible. The resources available here are aimed at different audiences.

Please go to the different resources to find out who they are aimed at and how they can enhance understanding and appreciation of design in plastics.

Or come and play our game:

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Exhibitions & Events

The word threads has been a slang term for clothing since the 1920s. It also describes the extraordinary variety of textile fibres from which our clothing is made.


Fri, 17/04/2015 - 11:00
Fri, 04/09/2015 - 04:30

discuss, debate, deliberate


Plastics are used worldwide in design and manufacturing. Their use divides opinion and has many...

Fri, 11/09/2015 - 09:00
Fri, 08/04/2016 - 04:30

Design in plastics from the practical to the philosophical

We are...

Thu, 17/09/2015 - 09:30
Fri, 18/09/2015 - 16:30
Arts University Bournemouth
+44(0)1212 363727

All MoDiP's exhibitions, past and present, can be viewed at Exhibitions & Events.