Museum design group holds EGM

Industry representative body The Museum and Exhibition Design Group is holding an emergency general meeting on 27 September to create a new strategy.

The 25-year-old group is undergoing a period of change after the death of chairman Martin Pyant last year and the appointment of Blu Design founder Alex Ritchie as his replacement last Christmas.

Among the topics up for discussion at the EGM are a new identity and a more contemporary image, plus an extension of membership and greater diversity in debate topics. A restructuring of the committee and a more streamlined task force may also be on the agenda.

In a letter to members, Ritchie says: “It is felt by some of our members that we’re too passive as an organisation and we should be more outward looking. Some of us feel that we should create a new identity and focus more on our website as a future evolution of the magazine.”

He also believes there is an opportunity for the organisation to have “a larger audience and broaden our membership”, which could include engineers and architects. The EGM will be held at 11am at Ham House, Surrey.

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