Arts Council England designates the collection of plastics as ‘nationally significant’

The Museum of Design in Plastics at Bournemouth University of the Arts has been recognized as a collection of national significance by Arts Council England

The designation system identifies pre-eminent collections of national significance held in non-national museums, libraries and archives in England, based on their quality and importance.

A collection held by the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) at Bournemouth University of the Arts (AUB) in Dorset, has been awarded Designated status, recognizing the museum’s plastic exhibits as a ‘collection of national significance’ .

The MoDiP collection traces the evolution of design in plastics of historical, cultural and social significance. The collection includes sports objects like a first ivory imitation billiard ball, toys like Mr Potato Head and medical objects like prosthetic limbs.

The Arts Council Designation award places the collection alongside the collection of royal ceremonial robes from Kensington Palace and the Ritual Judaica collection, held by the Jewish Museum in London.

Professor Susan Lambert, the museum’s chief curator, said: “We often see plastics depicted as objects that leave an indelible and damaging impact on the natural world, and while this is certainly something we need to approach as As the global community, the current pandemic will see more than 8 billion plastic vaccination syringes used worldwide to counter the threat of COVID-19.

“During the pandemic and beyond, plastics have been essential in saving lives and keeping people safe around the world. Their sustainable and responsible disposal and innovative use, however, is something we need to consider and encourage for future generations.

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