The case of the missing exhibitions category

Considering the consistent attention given to museum and exhibition design over the past ten years by DW, it is very disappointing that there is no account of this sector in your otherwise excellent tenth anniversary supplement (11 October). One of the UK’s continuing design success stories, nationally and internationally, surely it deserves trumpeting?

The list of internationally active individuals and groups turning out top-quality work is a long one: Event Communications, Imagination, Met Studio, 3-D Concepts, Firbank-Kempster, Furneaux Stewart, Neil Potter and Richard Fowler, to name but a few.

The foundation of Exhibition Forum and its subsequent merger with the Museum Design Group to form the Museum and Exhibition Design Group is a key achievement for such a diverse interdisciplinary area of design. If one had to pick highlights, for starters I would include:

Jasper Jacob’s Second World War exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

The 1990 Ford Motor Show exhibit by Imagination

The mass of UK-designed exhibition work at the Seville Expo 92, and particularly Neal Potter’s excellent use of the “human touch” in the anti-exhibition interior of Nick Grimshaw’s pavilion

Eureka! The Museum for Children in Halifax, particularly the work of the Richard Fowler-led team

3-D Concepts’ (James Gardner Studio) huge National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan.

Geoff Matthews

Hull HU8 8LZ

Thanks for filling in the gaps – Ed.

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