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Middlesex University: Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

Domestic Design collection


Reference code(s): GB 1383 BADDA

Held at: Middlesex University: Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

Title: Domestic Design collection

Date(s): 1850-1950

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: c 4000 items

Name of creator(s): Hornsey College of Art
Middlesex University


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Domestic Design collection was begun in the 1950s by staff at the former Hornsey College of Art at a time when books on 19th and early 20th Century architecture and designs could be acquired very cheaply. In the 1960s the acquisitions policy was extended to include trade catalogues of mostly British furnishers, upholsterers and interior decorators, and continues to the present day.


Scope and content/abstract:

The Domestic Design Collection, 1850-1950, consists of 4,000 books, catalogues and brochures on mainly British domestic architecture and interior decoration. There is also a collection of journals and periodicals relating to many aspects of house building, buying and decorating over the same period.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Archival material is open for consultation in the Study Room on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, by appointment with the staff of the museum, subject to conservation status of the material concerned. The museum is open to all during its normal opening hours.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Reproduction of material is at the discretion of the curator.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Part of this collection is catalogued on the Middlesex University library system and is also available via the MoDA website.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Via Hornsey College of Art which subsequently became part of the present Middlesex University.


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Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

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Archivist's note: Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: MoDA Domestic Design Collection website.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002

Building design | Construction engineering
Interior architecture | Decorative arts

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London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe