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DATE: 2011
GENRE: Historic Spectacle / Engagement
STATUS: Complete
COMPANY: MBD, Northamptonshire County Council


2011 was a particularly busy year for the MBD team, and it culminated in the county of Northamptonshire. In association with Northamptonshire County Council, MBD launched the hugely successful Shine project.

Five of the counties most interesting and beautiful grade 1 listed churches were brought to life with lighting, performance, sound and moving image as we sought out long gone stories - as well as more recent recollections.

MBD created a large scale outdoor spectacle with a huge lighting rig, specially written music and live video sketching onto the exterior of the buildings that picked out significant features of the building's architecture.

The large scale spectacle was then extended into a community event where the public (sometimes in their thousands) could make their way inside the churches and take part in audio tours, exhibitions and a celebration of the area's heritage.

As with all MBD heritage projects, we tirelessly researched the unique history of each building, seeking out characters, myths and events associated with each of these incredible places of worship. Each event was free, attracting large crowds both from the local communities and further afield to witness each church as never seen before.