Thursday, 26 January 2012

Applying for MoDA's Arthur Silver Award

We ran our first session on Applying for the Arthur Silver Award (Wednesday 25th Jan, 2:00-3:00pm, in the Materials Room of the Sheppard Library).

Final year Art & Design students at Middlesex University met Maggie and Richard from MoDA and me (Peter Thomas, from Academic Writing and Language at Middlesex University).

Together we looked at entries for the competition from the last few years, and discussed what we felt were their strengths and weaknesses.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • the impressive some of the entries look
  • Wow factor!

  • layout...the intriguing ways in which some entries lead you through the processes used in the projects

  • legibility of some entries were easier to read than others, and what helped or hindered this
  • Legibility?

  • innovative use of materials in the MoDA was fascinating to see how differently and cleverly MoDA materials were used

  • great preparation for professional entering competitions like this is excellent practice for writing proposals, applying for funding or making pitches

The student take on the entries was fresh and original, with some very preceptive comments and questions. It looks like this year's competition is going to be as lively as ever!

We all feel that the discussions were really interesting, and that they will be helpful as the students prepare their entries for this year's competition over the next few months.

More preparation sessions will be happening soon, on Wednesdays 29th February and 28th March, same time, same place. So if you're interested in applying and you'd like the chance to talk about it, come along.

We are all really looking forward to the next workshop...see you there!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

last chance to see

This weekend is the last chance to see a great exhibition, entitled William Morris: Story, Memory Myth which is on show at Two Temple Place. It features some amazing embroideries, stained glass and more, designed by William Morris, and based on stories from Arthurian legends and other tales. The collections are from the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, currently being refurbished, but due to reopen this summer.

The exhibition is well worth a visit, and it's also in a really interesting venue.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

MoDA job vacancy

If you would like to join the friendly team at MoDA please read on!

We have a vacancy for an Assistant Curator (maternity cover, six month full-time contract).

The role involves facilitating access to the collections of the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) by students and researchers in the museum's Study Room. You will work with colleagues to offer high quality learning experiences relating to the collections.

You will have a good general knowledge of MoDA's collections, and enthusiasm for supporting others in their use. You should have experience of working with museum collections, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

MoDA is part of Middlesex University, and makes its collections available Online, On Tour and On Request. Further information about the museum is available elsewhere on the blog.
For informal enquiries you can contact Zoe Hendon 020 84112341, email

Salary:£25,226 – £28,109 including London Weighting

Location: MoDA Collections Centre, Colindale

Ref: LIB557

Closing date: 29 January 2012
Interview date: on or around 16 February 2012

To apply please download an application form from

Middlesex University is working towards equality of opportunity.