The John Murray Archive exhibition at the National Library of Scotland has won a major UK award for lighting. At last week's Lighting Design Awards, NLS won in the Public Buildings category. Others shortlisted included the V&A in London.
The award recognises the success of the 21st technology used to bring 19th-century stories to life. Sophisticated lighting responds to visitors in the exhibition. Each of the 11 display cases lights up as visitors approach, with spotlights illuminating specific items when people are reading them. This helps prevent potential damage to manuscripts by prolonged exposure to light.
Atmosphere and drama
Glasgow based designer Nich Smith created the interactive and carefully controlled lighting scheme. Judges commented that it plays 'a pivotal role in evoking atmosphere and drama in an exhibition of manuscripts and private letters.' For further details, see the lighting award press release.
20 March 2008