In 2009 the Museum of Design in Plastics completed an £80,000 JISC funded project to improve the digitisation of over 1500 objects from its unique collection, including 450 historical objects on long term loan from the Plastics Historical Society.
The culmination of this project is the newly launched dedicated section on the VADS (Visual Arts Data Service) website. This site allows the Museum to share its collection with a wider audience, and places it along side other collections from Central St Martins, University of the Arts London, London College of Communication, as well as the Design Council Slide Collection to name a few. Searches on the website provide the user with results from all relevant collections as a single continuum.
VADS is based at the University for the Creative Arts and in 2008 attained research centre status within the University Library. It was founded 13 years ago to provide services to the academic community, and since that time it has built up an impressive portfolio of visual collections. The online collections include more than 100,000 images which are free and copyright cleared for use in UK Higher and Further Education, providing a valuable resource to students and academics.