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Students working on Wrexham FC exhibition

7 September 2012

Students from the North Wales School of Art and Design at Glyndŵr University are putting in a premier league performance as they work on the design and artwork for a forthcoming exhibition on the history of Wrexham Football Club.

Staff at Wrexham Museum have teamed up with design Gareth 'Hugo' Hughes, Liam Higgins, Arron Williamson and John Hayward to produce the interpretation and promotional material for the exhibition, which will be opening at the museum later this month.

John Gammond, access and interpretation officer at the museum said: "David Gill of Glyndŵr University recruited four local students who volunteered to do the design work.

"Naturally, I was unsure whether they were going to be really interested and would they be prepared to knuckle down and work on the project.

"With the deadline very public, the pressure is on the four students to deliver and so far they have more than lived up to the challenge.

"To use a few tired and probably unsuitable cliches for a football exhibition, they have picked up the ball and run with it. 

"The greatest challenge the team faced was that it took ages for me to source decent images to use in the interpretation. our archives here at the museum include about three pictures of Wrexham Football Club and a few well-thumbed programmes - hardly enough - so I have been searching the archives elsewhere and thanks to Les Evans, Brian Johnston of the Daily Post and Rick Matthews of the Leader, we have gathered enough images.

"Copyright is a big obstacle as well. Luckily the lads were patient and as soon as the archive images were sourced, design work could begin.

"The team have designed the interpretation panels for the exhibition and promotional posters for use outside the museum, in local railway stations and around the county borough. they have also designed a digital invitation card for the official opening and a commemorative booklet. At the moment, we are just about to sign off the artwork for the printers.

"I would just like to thank Arron, John, Hugo and Liam for the amount of work they have put in to the project.

"Although they are not part of the official heritage service volunteer programme, I would say they have in just the last few weeks we have been working together, easily shot to the top in terms of hours contributed, before taking into account the skill of the work they have been performing.

"They have proved what you can achieve in a short time when you combine 'hard skills', enthusiasm and a bit of graft."

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