Shining new light on heritage

The Playhouse, Artillery Street, takes on an entirely different appearance when illuminated with colour. All photos courtesy Niall McCaughan.
The Playhouse, Artillery Street, takes on an entirely different appearance when illuminated with colour. All photos courtesy Niall McCaughan.
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These photographs reveal how some of Derry’s finest buildings will look when a new ‘world class’ lighting strategy goes live later this year.

The new scheme will illuminate sections of the historic City Walls, as well as 
The Guildhall, First Derry Presbyterian Church, the 
Apprentice Boys’ Memorial Hall, The Playhouse, St 
Columb’s Cathedral and Aras Colmcille (the former Wee Nuns School).

A ‘test run’ of some of the illuminations took place earlier this month.

In addition to highlighting unique aspects and architecture of the historic Walled City area, the lighting scheme also hopes to assist the evening economy by making the city safer and more vibrant at night.

As well as greatly increasing the drama of the heritage and the area’s sense of place, the scheme will also allow the locale’s tourism value to extend beyond daylight hours.

Derry City Council has secured £1.4 million of grant aid from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to implement the project.

An official launch is scheduled to take place later this year.