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National Trust | Belton House Illuminating Stories Exhibition

Our lighting designers where asked to provide potential ways to light art objects for the Belton House new illuminating stories exhibition.

Since its construction in 1865-88 Belton House built a name for being one of the treasure houses of England. Over the years the collection was added to by members of the family and now this stately home is one of the most visited Nation Trust properties in England.

The idea behind the exhibition was to uniquely light objects within rooms on a pathfinder tour of this magnificent stately home.

However there was one problem with the exhibition concept as there was a total lack of either existing lighting or mains power wherever the objects were to be displayed.

Simon Morris one of our lighting designers agreed to attend a meeting at Belton House to see what ideas he could suggest to overcome this situation. Equipped with various LED lighting mock-ups he met with the management & curatorial team.

During the meeting the various mock-ups were tested some of which were battery powered. The effect were amazing as can be seen from the images. Due to the sensitivity of the materials on display National Trust properties are usually kept on the dark side trying to achieve a 50 lux ambient light.

Once possible solutions had been found for all the objects on display, the Belton House team asked Simon if he would return and work with the National Trust volunteers to realise his lighting suggestions.

Obviously some of these lighting techniques had not been used before, so it was very much designing on the fly adjusting the designs to suite the situation.
The various lighting solutions were produced and installed ready for the Belton House grand opening at the beginning of March.  

We were later informed that the battery solution for the 4 sconces mounted on the rooms panelled walls worked beyond expectations! With the high powered rechargeable batteries only replaced every 100 to 120 hours (3 to 4 weeks @ 5 hours a day)?

Since this National Trust project we have used the same methodology on other projects to light fine paintings where due to conservation issues it isn’t possible to run mains electric to the various locations..

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