KSLD have redesigned the lighting in the Honours of Scotland Exhibition at Edinburgh Castle. The 24 year old exhibition has now been lovingly restored to its former glory by Historic Scotland's team of experts.
The Honours of Scotland are Scotland's Crown Jewels: the Crown the Sceptre and the Sword of state. The exhibition is a richly decorated chronological history of the Honours which prepares visitors on route to the Crown Room where the original Honours are displayed. Much of the exhibition uses decorative hand painted murals combined with traditional full scale dioramas.
KSLD originally designed the lighting for this exhibition in 1992. After 23 years the existing lighting and control system were beyond economical repair and a completely new system was required. KSLD undertook a technology review to source the most suitable and energy efficient and appropriate lighting products for the exhibition. The exhibition required a family of LED spot luminaires with choice of beam angles, lumen outputs, colour temperature, directional adjustability and accessories. These elements are all necessary for good quality museum or exhibition lighting schemes. Unable to source a single product offering this range of flexibility on the market, KSLD worked with Mike Stoane Lighting to develop a custom solution.
The new lighting scheme was installed quickly and efficiently over a 6 week program, with the electrical works being carried out by BlackLight and repairs to the original murals and dioramas by Tim Chalk and his team of Scenic Artists.
KSLD were also asked to redesign the lighting for the Honours display in the crown room. Working to a tight deadline and with security ready and waiting, KSLD had one chance to survey the large security display case which holds Scotland's crown jewels. After the survey had been completed a new plug and play lighting scheme was designed by KSLD and manufactured made by Mike Stoane Lighting. The new system was simply screwed into place, connected to existing wiring system hand focused by Kevan Shaw with the whole installation process taking less than 8 hours.