Illuminating talk on British and Irish lighthouses

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An illustrated talk on the rock lighthouses of Great Britain and Ireland is taking place at the Signal Tower Museum, Arbroath, later this month.

Author and conservationist Tom Nancollas will be giving an illustrated talk at the Signal Tower Museum on Friday, March 17, at 7pm, entitled ‘From the Bell to the Bishop: a voyage around British and Irish rock lighthouses’.

Tom Nancollas is an author and building conservationist. His first book, ‘Seashaken Houses: journeys to the rock lighthouses of Great Britain and Ireland’, will be published by Particular Books in 2018. Based on a deep archival research, Tom makes a series of journeys across the British Isles to eight rock lighthouses, from the Scottish Bell Rock to the Scillonian Bishop Rock, to ask questions about building and living at the extreme ends of the country, our relationship with the sea and the hidden heritage we have off our shores. He will tell the remarkable stories of these buildings and describe what it’s like to encounter them today.

Born in Gloucester in 1988, Tom completed a BA in Ancient History at University College London (2010) and received an MSc in Building Conservation from Kingston University (2016). His MSc dissertation on British and Irish rock lighthouses was sponsored by the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) and received a Distinction. It will be published in the Industrial Archaeology Review (forthcoming, 2018), the academic journal of the AIA.

After graduating, Tom has worked as an official for English Heritage covering policy and grants for historic buildings in London, overseeing repair projects to 19th- century church spires, ailing Victorian public baths and deprived modernist East End churches. Since 2015 he has worked at the City of London Corporation on various historic building and archaeological projects.

The talk will last approximately an hour and there will be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk. Admission to the museum is free but booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book a seat please contact the museum on 01241 435329 or at