Night of Heritage Light illuminates UNESCO World Heritage Sites in UK and Ireland

On the evening of October 1st, The Night of Heritage Light will illuminate several UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the UK and Ireland, in acknowledgement of the UNESCO International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). With this event, the Society of Light and Lighting will celebrate the skills of its members and promote UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Society’s members will be illuminating between ten and twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites, creating a “light-map” across the United Kingdom & Ireland and bringing history to light!

Sites that have been confirmed include:

 Blaenhavon Industrial Landscape – Wales (UK)
 Dorset and East Devon Coast (Jurassic Coast) – England (UK)
 Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland (UK)
 Ironbridge Gorge – England (UK)
 Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City – England (UK)
 Old and New Towns of Edinburgh – Scotland (UK)
 Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – England (UK)
 Fountains Abbey – England (UK)
 Blenheim Palace – England (UK)
 Tower of London – England (UK)

Design teams will be working with conservation teams at each of the sites, giving them the rare opportunity to showcase historical and cultural significance. The sites will either be lit for the first time or the existing lighting will be supplemented, ensuring that the lighting schemes are appropriate for each unique site. The idea is for each lighting installation to be completed for sunset and photographed. The photographs will then be displayed following the event.

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