Odds and quads

Along with ketchup containers and an apple-shaped promotional radio, this Rhoda Handbag - designed by Sarah Bayley - forms part of the collection at the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP).

December 3, 2009

Located in the library of the Arts University College at Bournemouth, MoDiP was established in 1988 and formally registered as a museum in 2001.

Although not all of its holdings can be displayed at any one time, it brings together more than 8,000 mainly mass-produced artefacts, such as domestic appliances, fashion accessories, telecommunications devices and packaging materials.

A recent temporary exhibition featured everything from a corkscrew to a toilet brush.

MoDiP forms a unique teaching resource, honed to the needs of the courses taught at the Arts University College, which helps students develop their understanding of consumerism, manufacturing processes, materials and marketing.

A grant from the Joint Information Systems Committee in 2008 has also enabled the museum to create the world's largest and highest-quality digital record of the many and varied uses of plastic in design.

Send suggestions for this new series on the sector's treasures, oddities and curiosities to: matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com.

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