Donations & Acquisitions

Donating items to MoDA’s collections

You may have something that you would like to offer to the museum. If so, please complete our Offer of Donation form.

Alternatively contact us in advance by email supplying as much information as you can. It would be helpful if you can include a photograph of the item with your description.

We collect material relating to British domestic design and architecture 1870-1980. Priority is given to items that are of visual as well as historical interest.

We collect according to our Collections Development Policy.

We do not accept large domestic items such as gas cookers, fridges, kitchen cabinets, gas or electric fires. We are also unable to accept items such as suites of furniture, sewing machines, record players or televisions. The museum does not have enough space to store them or the resources to make them available to the public. There are no exceptions to this policy.

What if we do not accept your item?

We are not able to accept everything that is offered to us.  If we do not accept your item, please do not be offended – it may be due to one of the following reasons:

• We already have a similar item in our Collection.
• The item does not meet the criteria of our Collecting Policy.
• The item is not in good condition.
• There is not enough information about the history of the item
• We don’t have space for it in our store.

In addition, we don’t have an acquisition budget, so we are only likely to accept items if you are willing to donate them to the museum.

Offer of Donation Form

Offer of Donation

You may have something that you think might be of interest to us, which you would like to offer for accession into our collections. If so, please contact us in advance by completing this form, supplying as much information as you can. It would be helpful if you can include a photograph of the item with your description.
  • Please describe the object(s) as well as their condition (e.g. are they torn, dirty, have holes etc). Please be as specific as possible. Include dimensions where possible
  • Please provide as much detail as possible regarding the object(s), i.e., who owned, used or purchased the object, where and how it was used? Are there any images of it in use?
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    Accepted file types: jpg, pdf, doc, png, gif, tif.
    Please upload any photos/images you have of the items now, and also if you have any images of them in use over their lifetime.
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