3rd June 2003




A University of Lincoln student will swap Cottingham for Cologne next year when he goes to work at a major exhibition in the German city.


Graham Taylor (19), of South Street in Cottingham, studies Museum & Exhibition Design at the Hull School of Architecture.


He won an in-house competition to design an exhibition stand for Hull firm Powell Plastics – and his prize is a three-week work placement with the company next year.


As part of his duties he will go on an all expenses paid trip to Cologne in March 2004 to work on the Practical World Exhibition.


The competition was held after first-year Museum & Exhibition Design students ran a live project brief with Powell Plastics.


“A project like this brings the whole exhibition design business to life for students,” said Geoff Matthews, senior lecturer in Museum & Exhibition Design at the Hull School of Architecture.


“The students have responded brilliantly to a real manufacturing company with a difficult set of communication issues to solve through attendance at a major European trade fair.”


Graham’s design was based on a tool box which he then cantilevered to make it more accessible and appealing to visitors.


“I was pleased with my design but when I looked at the other students’ work I was impressed with them too, so I was very surprised when my design won,” he said.


“I’m really looking forward to going to the exhibition next year – I’ve never been to Germany before and there’s some beautiful architecture in Cologne.”


This year’s Practical World Exhibition was attended by 3,718 suppliers from 59 countries and 68,000 trade visitors.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk