DHA Designs have now updated the lighting for the Mary Rose Museum.
On completion of the conservation process for the hull, the “Hotbox” enclosure was removed allowing full, panoramic views of the ship remains.
The hull lighting was re-designed (and updated to all LED) giving a set of dramatic “looks” that (very) slowly dissolve, as well as a set of a/v presentations that project images into and around the hull.
This phase of the museum design was by REAL Studios, a/v by Graham English, sound by Peter Key and lighting equipment and control by Control Lighting and Enliten.
In April we commissioned the new EPIC museum at the CQH Building in Dublin.
This new museum, set inside underground vaults by the Liffey, tells the story of the Irish Diaspora. It was designed by Event, with a/v by GE&Co and Elbow and sound by Peter Key. Lighting support was by High Res in Dublin.
DHA 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.
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
Peter Fordham delivered a presentation “Revealing The Secrets of The Mary” at the Designers With Light Forum, part of the May Design Series 2014, in London’s Excel Centre. We were delighted to share the presentation with Christopher Dobbs, Head of Interpretation at The Mary Rose Trust.
The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014, along with five other museums. The judges will announce the winner at the awards ceremony on 09 July in London. DHA Designs designed the lighting for the museum, winning the Public Building category of this years Lighting Design Awards.
We are delighted to hear that the new Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, lit by DHA Designs, has won both the Civic Trust Award and the Michael Middleton Special Award.
This prestigious award is a memorial and tribute to Michael Middleton CBE, who established the Civic Trust Awards in 1959 and is awarded to a restoration project or new build within a conservation area.
DHA completed the lighting for the new exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s Sandham Memorial Chapel paintings, Heaven in a Hell of War, which chronicle his experiences as a War Artist & medical orderly in WW1. Normally displayed in the purpose-built chapel in Burghclere, the canvases have moved to a temporary home in Somerset House whilst the chapel is restored.
DHA worked with the exhibitions staff at Somerset House & curators from the National Trust to ensure these monumental works are displayed to their full advantage in their new home.
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.