What’s to come in 2017?
We reflect on 2016 and look forward to this year
It’s 2017 and here at hsd we’ve been reflecting on the past year. We’ve had a fruitful 2016, finalising several projects, welcoming 17 new team members and now preparing for the opening of some big new attractions opening this year.
The year got off to a great start with various hsd-designed exhibitions being unveiled – the National Music Centre (Canada), Tallahassee Museum rebrand and masterplan (US) and the first phase of work our work at Peterborough Cathedral. Later in the year we were honoured to win the contract to redesign exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., focusing on the Exploration, Speciality and Revolution in the Sky suites. Just in the last week, we were delighted to attend the launch of the interactive Armoury in Action gallery at the Tower of London.
As always, it’s been a pleasure to contribute to the sector’s varied conferences. We were proud to sponsor the University of Leicester’s annual conference on the Global Contemporary (50 Years of the School of Museum Studies – Museums in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now), the Mountain Plains Museum Association in the US and Cultural Tourism Middle East conference in Dubai. We also attended several symposiums that we haven’t participated in before, such as MuseumVakdagen in the Netherlands and the American Association for State and Local History’s annual conference – both were insightful and enriching.
As ever, the team spirit at hsd shone throughout the year – and November saw us celebrating our successes in style at Leicester’s Case Restaurant. We are particularly proud that 10 employees raised over £1500 for the Brain Tumour Research Charity by taking part in the Autumn Wolf (Woods, Lakes, Obstacles and Fields) Run.
This year, 2017, we are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Museum of Westward Expansion underneath the Arch in St. Louis (US), the new Postal Museum and Mail Rail attraction in London and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument and State Park in Cambridge (US).