Light Through a Lens: An Illustrated Celebration of 500 Years of Trinity House
By: Paul Ridgway (author), Neil Jones (author)Hardback
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In 1514, Henry VIII granted the Corporation of Trinity House a royal charter establishing it as an authority in maritime matters within his kingdom. Later its remit was expanded to include responsibility for the provision and maintenance of aids to navigation. 500 years later the organisation is still responsible for the operation of lighthouses around England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Though automated now, these lighthouses are maintained in all their unique and idiosyncratic splendour, proving popular architectural landmarks with locals and visitors alike. To celebrate Trinity House's quincentenary, this beautiful photographic book features the best photography from the Corporation's own archive, much of which has never been seen by the public before. The fascinating images seek to show some of the unusual diversity of the ancient, complex and somewhat misunderstood institution, with accompanying passages to describe what happened during those five eventful centuries.
This photographic account of these iconic structures dotted around the most vulnerable stretches of coastline is to be treasured by anyone who finds the haunting beam of a lighthouse at sea an immensely comforting sight, as well as walkers and families for whom a lighthouse on the landscape is a completely irresistible draw.
Neil Jones has been the Records Manager for Trinity House since 2005, joining the Corporation from a background in museums. Responsible for marshalling the Corporation's history, archives and artefacts, he uses these often unique resources to create exhibitions and publications that highlight this fascinating history and helps others further their interests in lighthouses, navigation, genealogy and British maritime history. Paul Ridgway's association with Trinity House goes back four decades, beginning as a PR assistant, then in Lighthouse Service operations at Headquarters on Tower Hill, as a consultant on PR and information matters. During this time he contributed to, or edited, Trinity House publications including its celebrated journal Flash. He has also assisted countless authors with their research into aids to navigation and related topics. For nearly a quarter of a century he edited the Bulletin of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Services (IALA).
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