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Night of Heritage Light (NOHL)

The Society of Light and Lighting tranforms Oxford landmarks for third Night of Heritage Light

In the third event of its kind, designed to showcase the talents of SLL members and the lighting community, teams of lighting designers lit six of the most famous historical buildings on the University of Oxford campus.


Ashmolean Museum - Design team: Lux Populi. Photo: Dan Paton


Radcliffe Humanities - Design team: Enigma Lighting. Photo: Dan Paton


Museum of the History of Science - Design team: WILA. Photo: Dan Paton


Museum of Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museum - Design team: Projection Studio. Photo: Dan Paton


Radcliffe Camera - Design team: dpa lighting consultants. Photo: Dan Paton



Radcliffe Obersvatory - Design team: Hoare Lea. Photo: Dan Paton

Each site had a dedicated team of lighting designers made of up SLL members, from organisations at the forefront of the lighting industry.

This year, NOHL took place alongside the Oxford Curiosity Carnival. The Curiosity Carnival gives members of the public a chance to find out what research is all about, meet researchers, ask questions and discover how research affects and changes our lives. Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival 2017 joined hundreds of other European cities in celebration European Researcher’s Night.

Follow the Night of Heritage Light & Pockets of Light on Twitter via @SLL100, #NOHL, #PoL and #CuriosityCarnival

The second Pockets of Light also took place alongside NOHL and the Oxford Curiosity Carnival. SLL President Richard Caple, Regional Lighting Representative Sonia Pepperell and SLL Secretary Brendan Keely delivered lighting workshops to City of Oxford College, St Gregory the Great secondary school and North Kidlington primary school, challenging the students to come up with their own lighting designs for the quad of the Bodleian Library. With a winning design selected from each school, they were then brought to life by a team of lighting experts.


Pockets of Light design by Owen at North Kidlington Primary School. Photo: Dan Paton


Pockets of Light design by Bonnie at St. Gregory the Great Secondary School. 


Pockets of Light design by Imogen at City of Oxford College. Photo: David Battersby

Night of Heritage Light was founded in 2015 to showcase the talents of the Society’s membership and the lighting community and to celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015. The first event of its kind saw teams of lighting designers shining a ‘new light’ on 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites across the UK. NOHL was also designed to promote lighting as both an art and a science. Click here to view the SLL and the Year of Light supplement.


NOHL 2016 - Multangular Tower, York. Photo: Lee Wright

In order to continue the legacy of NOHL and the International Year of Light 2015, the Society held a second Night of Heritage Light in York on 24 October 2016. NOHL II focused on two historical sites within the city centre, St. Leonard's Hospital and the Multi-Angular Tower, both situated in the Museum Gardens. NOHL 2 was held in the run up to the annual light festival, Illuminating York, during which the Society ran an event with local schools called Pockets of Light.