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Lighting a Unique Exhibition at Hever Castle

We’re really excited to be working with Hever Castle lighting a unique exhibition opening in Autumn 2018.   The new permanent exhibition, guest curated by renowned historian David Starkey, charts the saga of the Tudors from the Wars of the Roses through to the Reformation.  Brilliant is lighting over twenty portraits of the Tudors hung in dynastic order in the Long Gallery created in 1506 by Thomas Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s father.

Hever Castle

Image courtesy of Hever Castle & Gardens

The Long Gallery project at Hever is a great example of what we do best.  We work with our clients to develop inventive solutions to challenging problems.  In this instance the main challenges include:

  • Working with the age and value of the paintings and the buildings.  Fixing methods have to be as unobtrusive as possible.  Light levels have to be fine tuned to show the wonderful detail in the pictures without over-lighting them

  • Coordinating with other things around the pictures.   That’s both an aesthetic and practical consideration; each painting is to be authentically hung with its own set of mini curtains.  The light fittings have to “disappear” into the panelling without bumping into the curtain rail.

  • The end result has to meet the needs of a range of stakeholders.  The team at Hever Castle have a view on the practical installation requirements and cost.  David Starkey as Curator has a clear view on how it should look and the solution has to work for Renaissance Textiles, the curtain experts.

David Starkey in the Long Gallery at Hever

Image courtesy of Hever Castle & Gardens

We have developed a bespoke solution which we think works with all the objectives.  The next post will look at live testing with all the team on site.

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A footnote and an apology.  Where have we been for the last few months?  The simple answer is we’ve just been really busy.  We were doing a lot of work around all elements of how we collect, secure and manage our data ahead of the deadline for GDPR.  We’ve been doing a huge amount of work on lighting artwork and art collections; most of which we can’t even talk about let alone show.  It’s high summer so it’s really not a great time of the year to be photographing artificial light.  The knock on is that we’re not able to show any of the projects we’re working on.

All of which is a long winded way of saying we’ve been a bit busy to post much to the blog and what we are doing we can’t necessarily write about.  We’ve got a very busy Autumn lined up and a lot of that we can share.  So keep reading and we’ll have some new design focused posts as well as new case studies from this year.  We’ll also have more detail about the exhibition at Hever as it gets closer to the opening date.