White Light on Display at British Museum
The British Museum is one of England’s most famous landmarks. Having opened more than 250 years ago, it oversees almost seven million visitors per year, having recently being named the UK’s most popular visitor attraction. Along with its numerous displays and exhibitions, it also has a series of unique spaces available for corporate events. It recently provided the setting for the Financial Services Group dinner organised by Grant Thornton, one of the world’s leading professional accounting firms. Prior to the dinner, the company also held a drinks reception followed by a tour of the ‘Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art’ exhibition. They wanted the occasion to be as visually impressive as possible and approached complete production solution specialist White Light in order to make this happen; drawing on its expertise and experience of supporting corporate events.
Since 2010, White Light has provided the production support on several occasions for Grant Thornton. This has included events held at the National Gallery, Claridges and Cannon Bridge Roof Gardens. Kathryn Stubley, Events Manager at Grant Thornton, comments: “We always try to create something innovative with whatever event we host. We want each occasion to be unforgettable and require production support which matches our extremely high standards – hence the reason why we contacted White Light”. The main dinner itself took place in the prestigious Great Court, with the pre-dinner tour being located in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery. Led by White Light’s Project Manager Phil Gladman, he comments: “What the British Museum always presents us with is unique spaces. You’re never simply asked to work in a room. It’s always a space with a different shape and its own intricacies. It really pushes us to think about how we are going to achieve an ambitious brief – a prospect that we relish”.
The Great Court not only saw dinner being served to more than 250 people but it also displayed some of White Light’s most extensive lighting equipment. Phil comments: “As with many of the corporate events we work on, we were able to draw on our extensive stock range to ensure that we achieved the exact feel that Grant Thornton wanted. They required a style which would be fitting for the Ancient Greek exhibition yet at the same time reflect the company’s purple branding; an effect which we were able to achieve”. White Light was also called upon to supply slightly more than the production support. Phil comments: “With lighting and sound, it’s all about setting the mood. To help guide those attending the dinner to the correct location, we actually brought in 15 large bamboo plants which created an outline along the side of each room”.
As with working in any public space, the turnaround time was extremely limited. Phil states: “The museum closes at 6pm and it is only after this point that we can get in and set up. That’s why it is so important to work closely with a client and ensure you have managed to capture their vision prior to the event as you can then arrive at the venue with a clear vision of how you will achieve this”. Kathryn further adds: “We have worked with White Light on several occasions now and over that time have built a strong working relationship. The British Museum was a fantastic venue for this event and we appreciate the support that White Light gave us”.
The Financial Services Group dinner at the British Museum marks another example of White Light providing its services on a corporate occasion, with last month seeing the company supply the production support on the final corporate event held at the Royal Courts of Justice. Phil states: “Corporate events are something which we always welcome. They are normally very unique and held at some amazing locations. This not only enables us to get the most out of our vast equipment and expert services but also allows us to form long-standing relationships with some of the most influential companies in the UK today”.
Photos courtesy of Matt James Photography