Historic England Conference. Light: Not more, but better!

Friday 25 October 2019, 10:00am
at Historic England Cannon Bridge House, London
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Bringing together a select cross-sector audience, with specialists from the lighting, town planning and city management, conservation and cultural programming sectors, Historic England’s Lighting: not more, but better! conference will provide a platform for sharing best practice and provide case studies that illustrate the possibilities now available to enhance and curate the public realm at night.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at specialists in lighting, planning and city management, conservation and cultural programming, with an interest in enhancing the quality of the public realm in the evenings and at night.

Please note: we provide places for a maximum of two delegates from the same organisation.

Why should you join this conference?

The conference will bring together a broad group of experienced practitioners, with a view to enhancing and advancing awareness of the opportunities presented by lighting, and new lighting technologies and strategies in particular. Case studies that illustrate how lighting is a key aspect of the public realm will help participants develop narratives to underpin lighting strategies in the places that they are engaged with.

The outputs of the conference will help inform Historic England’s national guidance on lighting buildings and places, which is currently under review, as well as our 2020 HELM training programme; and you will also have an opportunity to see several best practice examples of public lighting schemes in action.


At the end of this conference you will:

•understand the opportunity that public lighting brings in terms of enhancing the identity of places after dark;

• understand how good lighting can improve the experience of residents and visitors; how it can be used for cultural programming; how it can help save money; and how it is more environmentally sustainable

• understand best practice within England on lighting strategies and know where to go for further sources of information and support

•make more informed decisions, or provide more rounded advice, about balancing lighting aspirations with conservation and economic pressures

•be aware of the Historic England’s proposals to update our best practice guidance on Lighting Historic Buildings and Places

The Conference is organised in association with Historic England's own Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) training, which is designed to meet the needs of Local Authority Planning Officers and other heritage service professionals working in the public sector. If you would like to find out more about HELM training, please e-mail: or visit 


  • 25/10/2019

    10:00 - 16:30



    Historic England’s London Office, Cannon Bridge House

    Arrive, register and coffee



    Claudia Kenyatta Historic England


    key note speaker On Night and Light

    Amy Lamé: GLA Night Czar


    Introduction to morning session on lighting technology and lighting strategies: the art of the possible

    Emily Gee: Historic England


    Historic England’s technical advice

    Geraldine O’Farrell: Historic England


    SMART tech: technical developments with light fittings

    Mike Simpson: Signify


    The role of the lighting designer

    Mark Sutton Vane: Sutton Vane Associates


    Developing and implementing a place based lighting strategy for the City of London

    Mark Major: Speirs and Major (with a representative for City of London)


    Panel discussion on lighting strategies and the historic environment

    Morning session speakers along with Liz Peck: LPA Lighting




    Introduction to session on curating the public realm

    Pat Brown: Central


    Illuminated River: how the scheme is driving positive change and drawing attention to cultural heritage

    Alex Lifschutz: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands


    Blackpool Illuminations: lighting as heritage

    Carl Carrington: Blackpool Council


    Panel discussion on creating place identity with light

    Afternoon speakers along with Ellen Harrison Historic England, and representatives for Durham County Council and Artichoke


    Close and invitation to see case studies

    Emily Gee: Historic England


    Walking tour including City of London walking tour, featuring Illuminated River and at 18:00 switch on of Where Light Falls at St Paul’s Cathedral.

    With City of London


Amy Lamé

Amy has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio. She broadcasted for a decade on BBC Radio London, and now hosts Sunday afternoons on BBC6 Music. Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the first LGBT+ history book for children – was published by Hachette in June 2017.

In 2018, Amy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of East London (UEL) and appointed Honorary Professor at University College London (UCL). Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a proud Londoner for over 25 years. She has served as London’s first Night Czar since 2016.

Mark Major BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA FRIAS FIALD RDI

Principal, Speirs + Major

A pioneer of lighting design in the UK Mark trained and practised as an architect prior to focusing on the relationship between light and architecture. He has worked on a wide range of award-winning projects in over twenty countries and is a specialist in urban lighting. Mark has lectured widely and was the co-creator of ‘Made of Light’ – an educational project. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers and a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. He was created a Royal Designer for Industry in 2012.

Mike Simpson FREng, C.Eng FCIBSE, FSLL, FIET, FILP

Global Application Lead – Signify

Mike has been in the lighting profession for over 40 years in a variety of design roles. He has worked with professional institutions in developing lighting guides and codes and presented many papers on lighting technology and its application. His work has included the exterior lighting of iconic buildings as well as Olympic venues since London 2012. He is visiting lecturer on outdoor lighting for the MSc in Light and Architecture at UCL London, and Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. He is a past President of the Institution of Lighting Engineers, the Society of Light and Lighting and the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers. In 2016 he was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Specialists from Historic England

Throughout the day you will hear from a number of Historic England specialists, including;

Claudia Kenyatta: Director of Regions Group

Emily Gee: Regional Director, London and South East

Geraldine O’Farrell: Senior Engineer

Ellen Harrison: Head of Public Programming

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