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WW1 galleries win at Museums & Heritage Awards 2015

mandh_awardslogoCasson Mann‘s exhibition design for the new WW1 galleries at the Imperial War Museum has won the best permanent exhibition category at the 2015 Museum & Heritage Awards. Judged by a panel of distinguished museum professionals, this award is keenly contested between some fantastic projects every year, so DHA was delighted when Casson Mann collected the award for their thoughtful and effective design, which has welcomed 1.4M visitors since it opened last year.


In a remarkable run, this is the fourth year in a row where the top prize in this category has been won by a design where DHA provided the lighting scheme:

2015 – WW1 galleries, for Casson Mann.

2014 – Mary Rose Museum for Land, Pringle Brandon & WEA.

2013 – National Museum of Scotland for RAA & Gareth Hopkins Architects

(Also highly commended for Treasures Gallery at the Natural History Museum)

2012 – William Morris Galleries for GUM

Before this, we have had shortlisted projects in this category in 2009, 2010 & 2011.

Navy, Nelson & Nation ‘Highly Commended’ at the Lighting Design Awards, 2015

PrintDHA were very happy to receive the Highly Commended certificate for the lighting scheme for Navy, Nelson & Nation at this year’s Lighting Design Awards. The shortlist of the Public Building category ran to nine projects, so the judges had a very difficult time determining the final winner (T2 at London Heathrow by Hoare Lea & studioFRACTAL).

The Public Building category is one where DHA have received considerable success at the Awards, and our tally now stands at:

2015 – Highly Commended: Navy, Nelson & Nation Gallery, National Maritime Museum

2014 – Winner: Mary Rose Museum

2012 – Winner: Atmosphere Gallery, Science Museum

2011 – Highly Commended: Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, V&A Museum

2009 – Highly Commended: Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, V&A Museum

2007 – Winner: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

2003 – Winner: Imperial War Museum of the North

DHA wins with Everyman Theatre at the Lighting Design Awards

PrintDHA were delighted to receive the award in the Leisure category at this year’s Lighting Design Awards for their work at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool with Haworth Tompkins Architects. The scheme was up against a strong shortlist, including the Globe Theatre & London Aquatics Centre.

This award continues an incredible run of accolades for the refurbished theatre, including the RIBA’s Stirling Prize, a Civic Trust Award, an LABC Excellence Award, a Stage Award for Theatre of the Year, and nominations for several more yet to be judged.



Light Middle East conference, 3-5th November

lightmeDHA Designs director, Peter Fordham, was invited to speak at the Light Middle East conference, being held in Dubai from 3rd-5th November 2015.

Peter was invited to give a presentation, titled Reducing light in the public realm with design intent and adding lighting quality. The presentation was given to an audience of some of the leading figures in lighting from across the Middle East, including lighting designers active in the area, specialist lighting contractors & lighting manufacturers supplying to these countries.

Light Middle East has been running for nine years now, and is the premier event for our industry across the region, and attracts more than 325 companies who are working to develop the lighting industries in one of the world’s great regions of growth.

The Queen opens new Information Age gallery at the Science Museum

HM The Queen sends her first tweet from the Information Age gallery

HM The Queen sends her first tweet from the Information Age gallery

Friday 24th October saw the opening of the Information Age Gallery at the Science Museum in London, the first gallery of the museum’s ambitious Masterplan that will see many of the major galleries refurbished or replaced. Information Age tells the story of 21 communication advances or inventions that changed our world, from the invention of the telegraph to the foundation of the world wide web. The gallery was designed by Universal Design Studio, with whom DHA have collaborated on a number of projects, including the Sony exhibition at the Milan Salone. DHA provided a complete exhibition lighting design scheme, including display cases and interactive exhibit lighting.

The gallery was opened by Her Majesty the Queen, who after touring the exhibits, used the opportunity to send her first tweet via the @BritishMonarchy account. Rory Cellan-Jones covered the opening via his BBC technology blog

The Sun by Dale Chihuly in Mondo*Arc magazine

Dale Chihuly's piece, currently on display in London

Dale Chihuly’s piece, currently on display in London

Simon Marks, DHA Designs lighting designer, recently illuminated Dale Chihuly’s striking piece of art for the Halcyon Gallery in Berkeley Square. Made from over 1,500 hand-made pieces of glass, the sculpture is a perfect example of Dale Chihuly’s massing of colour that he uses in his pieces to such incredible effect. Simon worked closely with Halcyon to ensure the lighting on the piece gave it the right eye-catching qualities, without flattening the sculpture. Instead, the colours and texts of the piece are brought out to stunning effect, resulting in the beautiful image taken by Paul Brown of Demotix for Mondo*Arc magazine.


DHA have worked with Chihuly Studios in the past, including his chandelier at the V&A Museum & incredible flower installation in the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.

DHA at Museums Association ‘Bright Ideas’ conference, 30th April 2014

BrightIdeasDHA director, Jonathan Howard, was asked to speak at the recent Museums Association conference, Bright Ideas, held at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on April 30th. The conference aimed to explore the impact of new legislation & technological innovations on current museum lighting.

Chaired by Jill Entwistle, editor of the Lighting Journal, the speakers covered a wide range of topics in technical & artistic approaches to lighting practice today. Jonathan joined other members of the lighting community, including Kevan Shaw (KSLD), Stephen Cannon-Brookes (CB Lighting), Arfon Davies (Arup), George Sexton (Geo. Sexton Associates) & David Saunders (British Museum), and give a review of recent DHA projects that used a variety of light sources in museum environments, including our work on the Mary Rose Museum & the Navy, Nelson & Nation Galleries at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

The talk was well attended by members of the museum community, and the quantity and technical nature of the questions asked by many delegates at the end of the presentations showed that lighting is a key area of interest to museum professionals.

A review of the conference can be found in the July/August edition of the Lighting Journal.


DHA ‘highly commended’ at the 2013 Lux Awards

The DHA team were pleased to receive a ‘Highly Commended‘ for their Museum of Childhood lighting scheme at the 2013 Lux Awards, presented at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza on the 21st November.

The Lux Awards are presented annually by Lux Magazine across seventeen categories that range from product design to completed schemes in a number of different environments and decided upon by a jury of industry peers.

More information on our scheme for the V&A‘s Museum of Childhood can be found on our project pages.

DHA wins Outdoor Project of the Year at 2013 Lux Awards

The DHA Designs team were delighted to win the Outdoor Lighting Project of the Year category at the 2013 Lux Awards, presented at the Park Plaza hotel on the 21st November. The judges praised the scheme for its ‘simplicity and sympathy with the architecture of the building’. The award was won against a strong shortlist of other schemes.

The Lux Awards are presented annually by Lux Magazine across seventeen categories that range from product design to completed schemes in a number of different environments and decided upon by a jury of industry peers.

More information on our lighting scheme for the Science Museum, and how it came about, can be found on our pages for the project.

Navy, Nelson & Nation in Design Week

Our recent work for Casson Mann and the National Maritime Museum, the Navy, Nelson & Nation exhibition is covered in a piece by Tom Banks in Design Week. The article describes how the exhibition gives visitors an impression of shipboard life by using spaces with similar dimensions to those experienced by sailors.