Creator: Marie Grima
Publisher: Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology
Rights: Approval to upload a pdf of each article to the Big Stuff website provided by the Editor-in-Chief of the Architectus journal, with an acknowledgement that they were published by Architectus and the link to the Architectus issue they are in.
Introduction: In March 2019 the National Museums Scotland started the conservation and reassembly of the Tod Head light-house lantern. The museum wished to add a lighthouse lantern to its collection, which already has two lighthouses on its premises (the Sule Skerry lighthouse and the Inchkeith lighthouse) and one on loan to the Science Muse-um in London (the Eilean Glas lighthouse).
The interest in these objects comes firstly from their complexity as technical objects. These are complex lighting devices whose technology has been gradually developed since ancient times (an ancient example being the Lighthouse of Alexandria) . An acceleration happened in the middle of the 18th century, with the abandonment of various fuels (wood, coal, oils) in favour of groups of candles, the development of reflectors, and the introduction of eclipse fires.
Reference: Marie Grima 2020, ‘The Tod Head lighthouse lantern. The conservation-restoration of a technical object that has been continuously modified over the years’, Big Stuff 2019, Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology
|Grima, Marie. (2019). The Tod Head lighthouse lantern. The conservation-restoration of a technical object that has been continuously modified over the years. http://doi.org/10.37190/arc200102