Houghton Hall gets in spotlight for light show

James Turrell at Houghton Hall ANL-150519-151428001
James Turrell at Houghton Hall ANL-150519-151428001
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Houghton Hall has been nominated for a prestigious tourism award for its LightScape exhibition that was mounted this year, ending last month.

It has come in the Best Event/Exhibition section of the 2016 Hudson’s Heritage Awards, which were announced today.

Established in 2011 the Hudson’s Heritage Awards are an independent scheme, judged by an expert panel chaired by Norman Hudson, OBE. The winners and highly commended will be presented at Goldsmith’s Hall in London on March 1.

The awards celebrate the best visitor experiences at heritage attractions in the UK each year including historic houses, heritage gardens, museums, galleries in historic buildings, archaeological or industrial sites and other places associated with the past.

Of the finalists Sarah Greenwood, publisher of leading heritage guide Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens said: “We are thrilled to announce our shortlist and look forward to revealing our winners next March. The Hudson’s Heritage Awards recognise all aspects of historic properties and gardens which make a visit memorable and enjoyable. Our finalists this year have all excelled in their field, providing a high quality experience for visitors.”

The other nominees in the event section are Dunham Massey, in Cheshire, Alnwick Garden, Northumberland, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire and Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Bedford.

The LightScape exhibition ran from June to October 26 and featured the work of American ‘light painter’ James Turrell.

It featured the illumination of the front of the 18th-century palladian hall, which was originally built by Britain’s first prime minister Robert Walpole and today is the home of the Marquess of Cholmondeley and his family.

The awards have 11 categories from Best Family Day Out to Best Loos and Best Picnic Spot and feature such stellar tourism names such as Chester Cathedral, Leeds Castle, Blenheim Palace and Woburn Abbey.