MoDA has an extensive collection of magazines, journals, brochures and retail catalogues, relating to all aspects of home furnishing and home buying. This includes household management, cookery, DIY, homecrafts and gardening. We also have material relating to the growth of interwar suburbia, including publicity material produced by estate agents and property developers.
We hold numerous titles relating to home decorating and furnishings, including Practical Householder, Homes and Gardens and many more. We also have magazines that cover topics relating to domestic crafts like knitting and crochet such as The Needlewoman and Golden Hands. Magazines are a fascinating resource for their editorial content, photography and advertising, and also for their design and layouts.In some cases we have a whole series of magazines, while for other titles we hold only a few editions. We frequently hold unbound copies, meaning that their original covers remain intact.
View a selection of the magazine held by MoDA
We’ve put together a short online reading list on various aspects of research around magazines.
Jessica Kelly’s research focused on JM Richards as editor of the Architectural Review, and the role that this magazine played in shaping the public's ideas of modern architecture.
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How were women portrayed in mid-century magazines?
My Home magazine makes for a distractingly good read
How have we made our magazines more accessible to users?
How people have used the magazine collections
find out more about the multi-disciplinary "I Am A Magazine" project
Hear about some student research into suburban homes