Pentagram boosts museum plan

PLANS for a ú6m International Museum of Graphic Design in Nottingham have been boosted by Pentagram’s offer of its archive to the project.

PLANS for a ú6m International Museum of Graphic Design in Nottingham have been boosted by Pentagram’s offer of its archive to the project. Pentagram also wants to be involved in designing the museum.

Nottingham Trent University graphics course leader Mike Hope says he has been inundated with offers of help and interest since Design Week revealed the plans a month ago (DW 3 March).

Building Design Partnership is among the other consultancies which have approached Hope.

Pentagram partner John McConnell’s offer of the consultancy’s archive to the museum is an “amazing” and welcome development, says Hope.

Pentagram’s archive goes back to 1961, when the consultancy was named Fletcher Forbes Gill.

Six samples of every design project have been stored. “We want to keep at least one copy for ourselves, but any spares can go to the museum,” says Pentagram partner David Hillman, who confirms that McConnell has been asked to join the museum’s fund-raising committee.

“We haven’t mentioned a fee in our submission to design the museum,” adds Hillman. “It’s the kind of project for which we’d only charge a nominal fee at most.”

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