GRAPHIC Design students at Wrexham Glyndwr University have taken part in an award-winning local history exhibition.

'Hidden Holt' is a joint project between the university, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales, Holt Local History society and Wrexham Museum that won a Society for Museum Archaeology Award for the 'Exhibition, Display or Interpretation' project category last year.

The exhibition told the story of how this once lost Roman site was re-discovered in the early 20th century and excavated in the years prior to the First World War, showcasing many finds, most of which have not been displayed in north-east Wales for over a century.

Level 4 Graphic Design students from the university - Luke Worrall, Migle Valyte and Daniel Birchall, helped by designing a presentation for the exhibition and the illustration for the poster and have since been thanked for their contribution by Holt Local History Society members.

Graphic Design lecturer Dr Heliana Pacheco said the experience the students gained from being part of the exhibition was invaluable, tailoring and adjusting their designs for posters and leaflets as required by the client.

"It was a chance to work with real people in real situations", Heliana said. "The students were very involved, and have since been invited to a meeting at the museum with the Holt Local History Society to thank them for their work.

"It was good for the students to see real engagement with their designs. The poster for the exhibition is an image we had produced – an illustration from one of our students. When the students see that, it encourages them to do more and they feel confident.

"They learn how to talk to clients, who can tell them exactly what they want and what they don't want, so this partnership has been really, really good."