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Light from the Middle East, V&A

DHA continued their relationship with the V&A and photography following their successful collaboration on the V&A’s new Photography Gallery 100 earlier this year. Designed and curated by the V&A’s excellent in-house team, the exhibition profiles the work of 30 contemporary photographers. The works all come from within the V&A and British Museums’ collections.

DHA worked to enhance the photographs with light, and create a welcoming gallery space, without detracting from the work. An audio slideshow (with Venetia Porter of the BM) of some of the most powerful images can be found on The Guardian website here

Death: A Self-Portrait at Wellcome Trust

DHA were delighted to be asked to work with the Wellcome Trust’s in-house design and exhibition team for the first time, to light this fascinating collection. The exhibition comprises over 300 works from the Richard Harris collection, all dealing with different images and ideas of death. These range from artists such as Goya, Rembrandt and Warhol, to a wealth of ethnographic material. The sheer array of conservation grade material made the show challenging to light.

The Observer described the show as “tremendous” and more can be found out at the Wellcome Collection’s own website here

Mughal India opens at British Library

DHA Designs have recently completed the lighting for Mughal India. This exhibition explores the Mughal empire through 200 exquisite manuscripts, paintings and objects.

The exhibition was described as “ravishing” and “a revelation” by Alistair Sooke of the Daily Telegraph

More about the exhibition can be found on the BL website here

RAMM wins Art Fund Prize for 2012

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum have just won the prestigious Art Fund Prize of 2012. DHA were exhibition lighting consultants to this £24m refurbishment of Exeter’s fantastic museum, which re-opened last December.

DHA extend their congratulations to their design colleagues on the project, as well as the excellent client team!

More information on the ArtFund, and the project, can be found here

Museums and Heritage Awards

DHA was delighted to be involved with many of the shortlisted schemes in the recent Museum and Heritage Awards.

In the Permanent Exhibition category, DHA were lighting consultants to the winning National Museum of Scotland scheme in Edinburgh, and also shortlisted for both Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter and Riverside Museum, Glasgow

In the Temporary or Touring Category, DHA were again the consultants for the winning project: Sexual Nature at NHM, and also Highly Commended for Dickens in London, MoL.

Congratulations to our museum colleagues for their hard work on all of the shortlisted projects!

A list of award winners can be found here

Royal River opens at National Maritime Museum

DHA were delighted to work on Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames for Royal Museums Greenwich. The exhibition which charts over 400 years of the river’s history, and was guest curated by David Starkey, working alongside the museum’s experienced team.


The exhibition was opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 25th April, and forms part of her Jubilee Celebrations. The Royal Collection is one of the major lenders, and the objects are spectacular: from gilded barges, uniforms and figureheads to oil paintings by Canaletto. DHA worked closely with Land Design Studio and the museum’s conservators to ensure every object was treated carefully with light.

Even Brian Sewell proclaimed it “brilliantly presented” in his Evening Standard review!

A Family in Wartime opens at IWM London

DHA were pleased to be appointed to light this exhibition following their successful design for IWM North and Holocaust Galleries, IWM London.

The exhibition follows the story of one family, the Allpresses, who lived in London during the Second World War, and is aimed at families and school groups. The lighting tries to evoke the low sepia-tinted light levels of the period and includes the museum’s rich collection of period decorative lighting.

DHA worked closely with designers Northover Brown Ltd, as well as the museum’s in-house team

More information on this free exhibition can be found here

Fascinating Mummies

This exhibition, the first in the new Special Exhibitions Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland, tells the story of the mummification process. DHA were delighted to continue the relationship with NMS following the major refurbishment of the adjacent permanent galleries last summer.

Colour and projection is used to create an atmospheric exhibition, which displays NMS objects alongside the fabulous Egyptology collection from the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden.

Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, British Museum

dha designs have just completed British Museum’s landmark 2012 exhibition on the Hajj. The exhibition explains the history of this deeply personal journey, using textiles, manuscripts, historical and contemporary art. The exhibition is in the stunning Round Reading Room and is a thoughtful and beautiful evocation of this pillar of Islam.

The exhibition was described in The Guardian, in Jonathan Jones’ 5-star review, as “one of the most brilliant exhibitions the BM has put on”.