A visitor at the IWM's Culture Under Attack exhibition. The museum's senior 3D design Anna Montgomery will discuss the exhibition's approach to lighting at the Bright Ideas conference

Still time to book your place at lighting conference

Rebecca Atkinson, 29.08.2019
Discover how technology is transforming exhibition lighting
Places are still available at the Museums Association’s forthcoming one-day conference showcasing the latest innovations in museum lighting.

Taking place on 11 September at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, Bright Ideas: New Perspectives on Museum Lighting includes practical case studies from museums that have used lighting in often ground-breaking ways to create atmospheric exhibitions.

A range of lighting experts and designers will be on hand during the day to share the implications smart lighting and other technological developments have for museums of all sizes and budgets.

During the morning, delegates will hear from Julie O’Reilly, the creative director of Sutton Vane Associates, and discover how Bluetooth technology is pushing boundaries when it comes to lighting. Martin Barclay from Soraa will explain the impact light has on white and other colours in museums.

Dave Hollingsbee, the managing director of Mike Stoane Lighting, and Stephen Elliott, the founder of Llama Digital, will discuss the results of a pilot of Bluetooth beacons at the Petrie Museum in London.

Delegates will also be able to take part in a demonstration of the lighting during the lunch break, and talk to exhibiting suppliers such as Soraa and Light Projects.

In the afternoon, Anna Montgomery, a senior 3D designer at Imperial War Museums, will present on how to use lighting to create atmosphere in exhibitions, using two exhibitions – What Remains and Lest We Forget – as examples.

Alexander Moore, the head of exhibitions at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, will discuss how a forthcoming Rembrandt exhibition is being used to launch a new Bluetooth lighting system at the gallery, and share the implications this could have on the visitor experience, fundraising and loan standards.

And the Harriet Whitehead, a 3D Designer from Creative Core exhibition designers, will share how natural and artificial lighting was used in Bolton Museum’s new Egyptology galleries to emphasis the narrative themes of life and death.

The conference’s chair, Stephen Cannon-Brookes, of Cannon-Brookes Lighting and Design and the Bartlett School of Environment, will examine the benefits and challenges that new developments in lighting technology bring to the sector.