Lighting historic properties to enable immersion and enchantment

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This article discusses visitor experience as a central consideration for interpretation designers, and demonstrates how film production techniques implemented in lighting several spaces at National Trust properties in the United Kingdom help to enhance the visitor experience. The author proposes that using a film production approach to light for the right narrative and genre enhances the visitor experience, makes the experience more authentic, and plays a part in creating opportunities for immersion and enchantment. The design of such lighting schemes should consider the overall interpretive scheme of the property, and the ‘spirit of place,’ the historical context and atmospheric requirements balanced with authenticity and practical aspects around visitor safety and visibility of surroundings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Museum Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2021

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  • heritage
  • lighting
  • historic property
  • enchantment
  • immersion
  • visitor experience


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