To celebrate the first anniversary of the release of Following The Lights book, I decided to take my personal collection of lighthouse artefacts on tour.
Unknow to me at the time, the 12 of July also marked the date Robert Stevenson died 167 years ago, so in a strange way for me the event also celebrated his work, his life and is family.
Feedback from the near 200 visitors who travelled from as far as Singapore, USA, Canada and Europe informed me of the success of the event. Many of the items over 100 years old, brough gasps of surprise, and almost tears, from some of the stories connected with these unique and rare items, which shine a new light on a forgotton past from the lighthouse service and more around the British Isles.
The tour moves on now to the Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh where a selection of one off limited edition canvases have been produced and will be on sale for the very first time. These stunning unique items will only be availble at this event which runs from 10 August until 30 August 2018, try not to miss it!
To help celebrate, why not come and view some of the artefacts from my collection.
Join me for International Lighthouse weekend on 18 and 19 August 2018 at Ocean Terminal top floor outside the Royal Yacht Brittania, learn some of the history of Robert Louis Stevenson and his family and have a look at his mother and fathers photographs which are brought together for the first time since 1880.
The former keeper cottages at Davaar lighthouse are now available to rent.
Opening this year, FINGAL transforms into new luxury hotel. A new page with a link to the website for updates on FINGAL has now been added.
It's great to see more lighthouse cottages become available to holiday in! The latest additon being Noss Head near Wick Scotland, see the new weblink added on the website today. When I last visited the area, the cottages were empty having been part of the NLB automation. It's so great to see the building being brought back into use for future generations! Keeping the lights alive! Following The Lights.
Click here for weblink to Noss Head
The promotional exhibition and event listings along with a short video have now been produced informing of the dates and venues of 3 touring exhibitions. If you have not already seen them follow the links to the following the lights Youtube Channel and Facebook or Twitter pages.
Following The Lights Exhibition will be on display at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Indistrial Life Main Building.
The event will start September the 14th and will run until October 25th 2018. The theme is the Lighthouses and the World at War. Come and see the unique exhibits on display and a glimps into the past. A Royal Navy Sailor from 1911 who purchased a postcard while serving on the home front fleet, sends the postcard that displays a Scottish Lighthouse to his family, find out what happens next, the journy continues on this amazing lifeline story. With documents, and details shining light on a facinating story.
I recieved a message with some intersting information relating to the different names of lighthouses. Scurdie Ness lighthouse has had several name changes, since it was built around about 1870. First called MONTROSE NESS, then changed to SCURDY NESS, and finally changed to SCURDIE NESS. Having looked at some of my very early postcards posted to the former keepers families I can see that this is the case. Some of my postcards from the lighthouse keepers families will feature in my new exhibition and date from the late 1800 and early 1900s, including postcards that were sent to the first keeper stationed after the Flannen Isles Mystery. (Thank you to Harald for getting in contact).
To celebrate the first year anniversary of the book Following The Lights, I will host a brand new lighthouse photography display and exhibition from 7th until 31st of August 2018.
This unique event will offer the opportunity to purchase unique photographs taken of the Lighthouses of Scotland and Isle of Man for display in your own home.
A display of rare and unique lighthouse artefacts will be shown on the 3rd floor of the Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh at a new travelling lighthouse exhibition. Including a former lighthouse tender captain uniform.
This will follow on from the July 12th until 14th 2018 exhibition being held at New Lanark World Heritage site at the Scottish Wildlife Turst Falls of The Clyde exhibition room.
The event at Ocean Terminal will includes items once owned by lighthouse keepers families, World War 1 and 2 lighthouse related items including items created by the War Office. Other items on display will include items once in the possession of the family of Robert Louis Stevenson, including signed photographs of both his parents.
All welcome. Add the dates to your diary. Check back to the website for exhibition datesin August as these will only be on selected dates.
A display of rare and unique lighthouse artefacts will be shown for the first time at a new travelling lighthouse exhibition.
July 12 until 14 2018, New Lanark World Heritage site will host Following The Lights exhibition at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of The Clyde exhibition room.
This 3 day event will include never before seen in public items once owned by lighthouse keepers families. Other items on display will include personal items once belonging to the family of Robert Louis Stevenson.
The sale of Following The Lights books and other items will be available at the exhibition.
All welcome. Add the date to your diary.
New photos have been added to the website for Barns Ness and St Abbs Head Lighthouses. There has also been the additon of a Keepers page where examples of old uniforms can be seen. The lighthouse accomodation is availble for hire. If you would like any information please get in touch. Keep Following The Lights!
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