Wednesday, 13 December 2017

12 days of MoDiP


In the spirit of the season we bring you the 12 days of MoDiP


On the first day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a pear shaped storage box
Qualy Pear Pod

On the second day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a Ninja Turtle figure

On the third day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a pair of hen egg cups

On the fourth day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a calling telephone

On the fifth day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a silicone and diamond ring

On the sixth day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a set of geese measuring spoons

Avon geese measuring spoons

On the seventh day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a swan watering can

On the eighth day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a Swedish milk jug

On the ninth day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a dancing dust pan and brush

Dancing dust pan and brush

On the tenth day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a leaping M&M
Leaping M&M tube topper


On the eleventh day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a penny whistle
Penny whistle


On the twelfth day of Christmas MoDiP gave to you a cast phenol gavel
Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Monday, 11 December 2017

BXL photographic archive #0139

In 2010, MoDiP was donated a large archive of images relating to a single company. Bakelite Xylonite Ltd, also known as British Xylonite Ltd or BXL, was possibly one of the first British firms to successfully manufacture a plastics material in commercial quantities. The company was established in 1875 and after a long history went into liquidation in the late 2000s. The images we have in the collection are concentrated around the 1960s through to the 1980s and show us glimpses of the manufacturing process, products and the company’s employees during this time. We plan to share an image each week to give a flavour of the archive. If you want to see more you can view the whole collection on our website.

This week’s image shows a PVC bag.

To get a better view of the image and find out more have a look at it on our website http://www.modip.ac.uk/artefact/bxl--1406

We are still working on the documentation of the archive, some of the images we know more about than others. It would be fantastic if we could fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge, if you know anything about the company or specific images it would be good to hear from you.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Friday, 8 December 2017

Horners collection

The Museum of Design in Plastics houses two collections alongside our own.  One of these collections is that of the Worshipful Company of Horners.   

Here I will highlight just one of the objects in the collection.


Unfinished horn section

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Monday, 4 December 2017

A different view #67

There are many ways to look at the objects in the MoDiP collection.  With this series of posts I want to highlight the interesting views of objects that we may ordinarily miss.  These include the underside of an object, the surface pattern, or traces of manufacturing processes.


Title: Classic Safety Hat
Designer: Unknown
Manufacturer: Centurion Safety Products
Object number: AIBDC : 007105


Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Friday, 1 December 2017

Guess the Object

MoDiP has the kind of collection that you may think you are very familiar with. We have objects which we all use every day, and some pieces which are more unusual.

By looking at this distorted image are you able to guess what the object is? What do you think it could be used for?


Post your answer in the comments below or to find the answer click here and you will be taken to the MoDiP catalogue.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Monday, 27 November 2017

BXL photographic archive #0138

In 2010, MoDiP was donated a large archive of images relating to a single company. Bakelite Xylonite Ltd, also known as British Xylonite Ltd or BXL, was possibly one of the first British firms to successfully manufacture a plastics material in commercial quantities. The company was established in 1875 and after a long history went into liquidation in the late 2000s. The images we have in the collection are concentrated around the 1960s through to the 1980s and show us glimpses of the manufacturing process, products and the company’s employees during this time. We plan to share an image each week to give a flavour of the archive. If you want to see more you can view the whole collection on our website.

This week’s image shows a Warerite toilet table.
To get a better view of the image and find out more have a look at it on our website http://www.modip.ac.uk/artefact/bxl--0922

We are still working on the documentation of the archive, some of the images we know more about than others. It would be fantastic if we could fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge, if you know anything about the company or specific images it would be good to hear from you.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

Friday, 24 November 2017

PHS collection

The Museum of Design in Plastics house two collections alongside our own.  One of these collections is that of the Plastics Historical Society.   

Here I will highlight just one of the objects in the collection.


Orange framed sunglasses
Designer : Unknown

Manufacturer : Twinco


Date : 1950 (circa)
Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)