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A BEAUTIFUL SUITE OF CASES FOR THE V&A

The fabulous Dr Susan Weber Gallery
We recently completed an exciting project at the V&A Museum in London.   The new Dr Susan Weber Gallery tells the story of furniture design and production spanning the past 600 years and displays more than 200 outstanding pieces, including chairs, tables, bureaux, stools, chests, cabinets and wardrobes. Designers such as Thomas Chippendale, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, Tom Dixon and Ron Arad sit alongside lesser-known names all selected for their superior techniques.

We engineered a unique and contemporary suite of monolithic showcases for the gallery in line with our client's design intent.  12 minimalist-style virtually frameless cases, all featuring mitred glass edges and beautiful white stone-effect plinths and dress panels.  8 of the cases feature motorised vertical opening mechanisms which can be controlled remotely, thus creating easier access for staff.

The completed gallery looks fabulous and is already proving popular with visitors.

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SIGNATURE MUSEUMS CONFERENCE A TRIUMPH

 
Our latest conference, 'Signature Museums - Signature Architects: Planning and Running a Successful Signature Museum' took place at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha earlier on this week.
The day was a brilliant success, with fantastic presentations from the V&A's Moira Gemmill, Wilmotte's Borina Andrieu, Lord Cultural Resources' Maria Piacente, Mark Sutton Vane of Sutton Vane Associates Lighting Design, UCL Qatar's Karen Exell, ClickNetherfield's Mike Chaplin and the Museum of Islamic Art's Thalia Kennedy.

Over 100 delegates were in attendance, representing 13 different countries and a host of different organisations and industry sectors. The concept of the 'signature museum' and all that is involved in creating and maintaining one was discussed by each of the speakers in turn; and lively debate and chatter among delegates ensued in response.

Sincere thanks must go to all speakers and delegates who attended and helped to make the day the triumph that it was; and thanks also to the wonderful events team at the Museum of Islamic Art.
Now to start planning our next conference... where should we take it this time?!

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ANNOUNCING THE JOHN FRENCH HARDSHIP BURSARY

We are delighted to announce the formal initiation of The John French Hardship Bursary at the University of Leicester. We have decided that in memory of the late John, who was once Chairman of the company and remained a good friend until his passing in 2011, we will donate £1,000 each academic year to a deserving student on the MA Museum Studies course in order to help fund their studies..
We consider this to be an excellent investment in museum staff of the future, and are delighted to be continuing our now long-standing association with the University in such a positive manner.

Suzanne Macleod, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Museum Studies said "We are thrilled that ClickNetherfield are supporting the John French Bursary. Every year one or two students suffer from real financial hardship and so having a Bursary that is directly targeted at supporting those students is incredibly valuable. This year we have been able to support a student who found they were suddenly looking at unexpected additional costs as a result of a health issue. The Bursary has made a very real difference and enabled the student to focus again on their studies."


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CLICKNETHERFIELD RECEIVE A VERY SPECIAL GUEST

Michael (centre) photographed with Jim and Mike during his tour of our factory
It was a real pleasure to welcome Scottish Secretary for State, Mr Michael Moore to our head office and manufacturing facility last week.

During his visit he enjoyed a presentation of the company from our Directors, followed by a tour of our offices and factory where he had the chance to speak with some of our employees.

He was particularly interested in our exporting endeavours, believing that other Scottish companies can learn from us and our successful approach to trading internationally.

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