Category Archives: Public Appearances

DHA staff members giving lectures or talks

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.

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.


David Robertson speaks to National Museum of Korea

David Robertson speaks to the NMK

DHA Director David Robertson was asked to address the National Museum of Korea last week, on the subject of museum gallery lighting. The invitation came about as a result of a visit by the NMK Director to London, where DHA’s work was seen by Dr. Kim Youngna, and recommended by the staff of the Asian Dept. at the V&A Museum. David addressed around 150 NMK conservators & curators, plus staff from many other museums across Korea, on the topic Lighting the Past: The V&A Museum & the Future of Exhibition Lighting. David reviewed the projects DHA have undertaken across this museum and others, and how they relate to current & future developments in museum lighting practice. He was interviewed by the NMK team, and met with curators and in-house designers of the National Museum.

DHA at Museums + Heritage Show, 2013

DHA Director, Jonathan Howard took part in the Influence of Technology in Exhibition Design seminar at the Museums + Heritage Show last week at Olympia in London. Discussions ranged across the use of smartphones for visitor engagement to the development of compelling interactives. As might be expected, the topic of LEDs for saving energy was also discussed in detail. Around 40 museum professionals attended the seminar, hosted by Robert Simpson, founding director of technology company, Electrosonic.

Exhibition Space of the Future at the V&A, 09/12/10…

I was a guest of Click Netherfield yesterday, at their conference on the Exhibition Space of the Future at the V&A’s Sackler Centre. Although they asked me to give a talk on the use of LED technology in the museum environment, the stand-out speakers for me were Dave Patten (Head of New Media at the Science Museum, London), who gave a great talk on integrating technology with exhibitions, and James Snyder (director of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem), who gave an outstanding talk on the re-development of the museum, completed earlier this year. James’s talk was quite inspirational, and the museum is truly beautiful.

More information on the conference can be found here.