Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition

Winchester Cathedral

  • Company
    Sutton Vane Associates
  • Lead Designer
    Mark Sutton-Vane
  • Other Designer(s)
    Julie O'Reilly
  • Categories
    Winner in Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition
  • Location
    Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

Sutton Vane Associates designed lighting for a new exhibition called Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, situated in the upper parts of Winchester Cathedral.
See: https://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/conservation-action/kings-and-scribes-the-birth-of-a-nation/
The lighting for a collection of rare, valuable bibles was designed; these are very light sensitive and could only be lit to a maximum of 50 lux. Amazing medieval wall paintings behind one of the bibles were left to glow in the dark (due to their even higher sensitivity). Throughout the exhibition Sutton Vane Associates carried out daylight and sunlight predictions to work with the exhibition designers to lower the levels of daylight. A system of specially designed hanging chains was developed in order to reduce the light.
Much work was carried out on balancing daylight with the light level requirements of the many light sensitive exhibits and giving visitors time for adaption. We also designed the lighting for the amazing stone faces to highlight and show of their character.