Chester Beatty Gallery

Smaller Museums

Lighting Design & Technology gets involved in gallery and museum projects of all sizes. Here we show a selection of small and medium sized projects.

American Museum in Britain, Bath

We have worked on a number of projects at this museum over the years. We recently completed the lighting for the refurbished textile display gallery. The unusual feature of this space is the two sets of large swinging panels that display quilts on both sides. We designed a curved suspended track system to surround these fans of panels so that light can penetrate into each space when the panels are opened up for viewing. All lights are of course the latest high-quality, low-energy LED spots. The new large Folk Art Gallery is lit from spotlights mounted on powered picture rail located at the top of the wall on all four sides of the room. We are also working our way through the main set-piece display rooms within the main manor house changing old failing fibre-optic ceiling lights for small, adjustable LED spots integrated into the ceiling.

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

This museum is housed on one complete floor of the existing Maritime Museum on the Albert Dock. The lighting was designed to provide varied mood and atmosphere as visitors move through the galleries depicting the history of the slave trade in various parts of the world. Opened 2007.

Cartwright Hall, Bradford

The main first floor gallery level of this fine Victorian public gallery was completely refurbished in 2007/8. LD&T were appointed to design all the display lighting and low-energy house lighting for this project.

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Chester Beatty Gallery, Dublin

European Museum of the year 2001

The extensive collection of documents, art works and artefacts, from 2700 BCE. to the present century, was moved from its old site on the outskirts of Dublin during 1999 to a new exhibition complex in part of Dublin Castle. This has allowed far better scope for display of the extensive collection and much easier access to the collections by the public.

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Rochdale Arts & Heritage Centre – Touchstones

From 1998 to 2002 we worked with Rochdale metropolitan district council and Nigel Simpkins Design on this Heritage Lottery funded project consisted of the refurbishment of an existing Victorian building in Rochdale. The new facilities consist of a new museum, local history resource centre, education studio, Tourist information centre and an improved entrance hall.

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