Designated Design: a plastics collection of national importance.

A museum object with an accession register, storage box and labels.
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  • TheGallery
    Arts University Bournemouth
    BH12 5HH

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This seminar will bring together three artists who have collaborated with the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), and a range of museum professionals who represent other designated collections across the south-west region. Together, we will be presenting some different approaches to engagement, sharing experiences and outputs, and exploring the impact designation has had on a number of diverse collections.



In January 2022, MoDiP was awarded Designated Outstanding Collection status by Arts Council England. This prestigious award recognises the objects in the museum’s care as forming a ‘collection of national importance’ and celebrates the strength of this unique and outstanding resource. 

Suitable for:

Museums interested in finding out more about designation, engagement & learning professionals excited by challenging approaches to making collections more accessible, art & design practitioners, and anyone interested in the value of cultural plastics.


Held within TheGallery at the Arts University Bournemouth, we will begin at 2pm and finish at 5pm, after which there will be an opportunity to view the accompanying exhibition with refreshments. This will be a hybrid event so if you are unable to join us in person, please email and we will send you a link to view online.

Outline programme:

1.30pm - Arrival with registration and opportunity to view the 'Designated Design' exhibition. Tea/coffee will be available.

2.00pm - Welcome with Professor Paul Gough, Vice Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth.

2.05pm - Introduction with Dr Louise Dennis, Curator, MoDiP.

2.10pm - Mariele Neudecker discussing Plastic Vanitas.

2.20pm - Karen Wimhurst discussing Synthetica.

2.30pm - Frances Scott discussing PHX [X is for Xylonite].

2.40pm - Panel discussion with speakers, led by Professor Paul Gough.

3.10pm - Break.

3.25pm - Welcome back and introduction with Dr Anna Farthing, Director of Civic and Cultural Engagement.

3.30pm - Andrea Bishop, Director of Collections & Engagement, National Motor Museum.

3.40pm - Carolyn Abel, Director of Culture, Southampton City Council.

3.50pm - Jo Elsworth, Associate Director (Culture and Collections), Library Services + Director: Theatre Collection, Faculty of Arts 

4.00pm - Kate Arnold-Forster - Director, University Museums and Special Collections Services, University of Reading and Director, Museum of English Rural Life

4.10pm - Panel discussion with speakers, led by Dr Anna Farthing.

5.00pm - Seminar closes with opportunity to network and view the 'Designated Design' exhibition. Refreshments will be available.