Wallace Collection

Showcase Lighting

We have always had a big input into the design and specification of the showcases on our projects. Illustrated below are some of the special cases that we have been involved with. Some are standard cases with special lighting installed and some are purpose designed cases where the lighting has been an integral part of the design.

Introduction to LD&T Showcase Lighting

We realised that many galleries were being spoilt by the client purchasing cases with just the manufacturer’s standard lighting in. This often consisted of simple fluorescent lamps above a diffusing panel at the top of the case. This leads to over-lighting of the objects on the top shelf and progressively poorer lighting as you go down the case with objects shadowing the ones below them. It seems perverse to invest in high quality lighting for a gallery space and then to compromise on the lighting of objects in cases within that gallery.

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Waddesdon Manor

We worked on the re-lighting of the extensive Rothschild collections at Waddesdon Manor from 1989 to 2008. The original collection, given by James de Rothschild to the National Trust, has been expanded by the present Lord Rothschild and other family members. The main refurbishment program in the mid 90s renewed the roof and brought the existing infrastructure of the house up to modern standards. Until the late nineties the late architect Dr. W. (Bill) Allen worked with us to create the new lighting for the existing collection areas.

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Wallace Collection

Gallery 4 of this prestigious London collection was reopened to the public in 1997 after extensive refurbishment to restore many lost historical features and decoration. This allowed us the opportunity to introduce modern lighting systems and lighting controls.

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Bronte Parsonage Museum

We worked with the Manchester based exhibition designer Nigel Simpkins Design on the lighting of these cases in the Exhibition Room of the museum. The cases were cleverly designed by Nigel Simpkins to be used in any one of three positions: horizontal, inclined or vertical. The lighting needed to work without major effort in any of these positions.

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Peoples History Museum

For this project we were commissioned to light a series of complex spaces to ensure the best lighting of the collection within a restricted budget. The main problem was to allow the public to adapt from the brightly daylit foyer to the low conservation lighting levels in the gallery. We achieved this by a careful balance of the lighting in each area and the use of an adaptation and interpretation space. This has ensured that the public are able to see the full beauty of the textiles and paper objects displayed.

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Conversion of former billiard cue case

Our innovative design for this shallow manuscript case illustrate our tailored approach to each case. We used small glass capsule lamps in special reflectors to throw light as evenly as possible across the case from each side.

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