Merry Christmas
from team hsd


Christmas is nearly upon us, so we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at hsd. We have had a fantastic 2018 with a number of projects celebrating public openings as well as securing a number of exciting new projects taking us into 2019 and beyond.

2018 marked the end of nearly ten years’ work on the Museum at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Bill, Alisdair and David attended the public opening in July where the accessible and immersive exhibits were unveiled to the public, receiving great reviews and positive feedback from visitors.  The museum has recently received the Interior Design Best of Year Award in the Large Museum category and has already welcomed over 650,000 visitors.

We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with the Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), and after a successful launch of their new Middle East Galleries in April we are now working on the redevelopment of the Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries.

A little closer to home, the Museum of Royal Worcester opened in June after a complete refurbishment with designs by hsd. The newly developed interpretative scheme offers visitors the chance to explore the stunning porcelain collections of this iconic British brand, whilst discovering the stories of the pottery designers and makers.  Also, in the UK, we were delighted that Norwich Castle, Boston Manor House and the Whiting Mill at Humber Bridge all received Round Two passes from the HLF – congratulations to all the teams involved.  We are now busy working on the delivery phases for these schemes.

And finally, this month we have completed our work on the Qasr Al Hosn Fort in Abu Dhabi. The opening of this significant landmark in the UAE caused for a week of celebrations in the City and we are privileged to have played our part creating a cutting-edge heritage experience.

As always, our talented design and interpretative teams have been activity involved in sector conferences.  We have been honoured to speak at events including the Communicating the Museum Conference in Chicago, the National Association for Interpretation’s National Conference in New Orleans and the annual Museums and Heritage show in London. Our sessions covered explorations of recent projects, tips on working internationally and an analysis of our role as designers in an ever-changing digital world.

As 2019 approaches, we are looking forward to continuing our work with the American Battle Monuments Commission, Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City, a collaboration with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the breaking ground of OKPOP a new museum dedicated to Oklahoma’s people and the influence of Oklahoma artists on popular culture around the world, to name just a few forthcoming highlights.

So, to all our clients and sector partners, the hsd team wishes you a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year! See you in 2019.