The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) is home to the internationally renowned Silver Studio Collection, and is a research resource for Middlesex University and the wider Higher Education community. The collections include original hand drawn or painted designs for wallpapers and textiles, plus examples of wallpapers and textiles from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. There are also books, catalogues and brochures relating to all aspects of pattern design, home decoration and furnishing, home crafts and DIY. MoDA's Silver Studio Collection was awarded Designated Status by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), in 2008.
The collections are a valuable historical resource for those interested in domestic design and architecture. This might include histories of domestic interiors; aspects of fashion and textile history; and histories of suburbia and suburban modernities.
Resources at the museum are used to support undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral research, research for TV and media, and as visual resources for artists and designers.
As well as facilitating research carried out by others, MoDA's staff also carry out research of their own. Current research explores the history of the original Silver Studio, which created wallpaper and textile designs for mass production; and pedagogical research into the learning outcomes achieved by Art & Design students through their use of the museum's collections.
MoDA is part of the Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI). The museum is available to students, researchers and other visitors by appointment or you can browse the collections by visiting the website.
Zoë Hendon's research was recently featured in our Research Impact Case Studies