Westminster Abbey is the breathtaking backdrop for key moments in British history, including royal coronations and weddings. It's also a living church, with thousands attending worship at its daily services. As a tourist attraction, it draws more than a million visitors every year.
The abbey's museum is housed in one of the building's oldest areas, dating back almost to Norman times. The centerpiece of its collections includes imposing effigies of past kings and queens, and royal artifacts.
UFO worked in partnership with exhibition installation experts Plowden & Smith to supply and install new fiber optic lighting in the museum's display cases. As an additional challenge, the exhibits were too fragile to be moved, so the lighting had to be installed without removing them from their cases.
Plowden & Smith protected the exhibits with plinths and installed new information boards. Meanwhile, the UFO team removed the tops of the cabinets, and fitted more than 250 UFO downlights. These were securely installed in place with spring clips, then the downlights were rotated and tilted to illuminate the artifacts.
We've been privileged to have the chance to illuminate some amazing objects at Westminster Abbey, including include King Henry V's funeral saddle, sword, helmet and shield, and Queen Mary II's coronation chair.
To avoid disappointing visitors and keep downtime to an absolute minimum, the project had to be completed very quickly. Mindful of this, UFO's installation team were on site for only 3.5 days from start to finish.
Public Realm, Display Lighting
Plowden & Smith
Illuminators: 9 x Aurora 75W tungsten halogen with in-built dimming controls
End Fittings: 250 x UFO 9D downlights