Get the Historic England Newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter to discover Historic England's work and find out about news and projects near you.
Join us for Where Light Falls, a spectacular installation of light, history and poetry.
Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 November, 5-9pm
The event is a free, outdoor event. Please wear warm clothing. The main light show lasts approximately 10 minutes and will be repeated throughout the evening, so please arrive anytime between 5 and 8.30pm.
Using the cathedral as a canvas, leading creatives Double Take Projections will project powerful poetry, visuals and photography to tell the story of the cathedral, the city and its people.
It's a tale of destruction, recovery and resilience: from the medieval period — when culture, learning and trade flourished — through the destruction of the old cathedral during the Blitz, finishing with peace, reconciliation and the building of a modern city.
Part of Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture.
The projections will take place in a number of locations around the outside of the new cathedral and inside the cathedral ruins. Ambassadors will be available to help you navigate on the night.
The main show lasts approximately 10 minutes and will be repeated throughout the evening, so you can arrive any time between 5 and 8.30pm. We recommend you allow 20 minutes to enjoy the full experience.
This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather. Please note food and drink is not provided.
Historic England commissioned two new works for Where Light Falls, facilitated by The Poetry Society and in collaboration with community groups.
Poets Keith Jarrett and Jane Commane worked with local school children, older writers, refugees and migrants with lived experience of conflict, inviting them to respond to contemporary photographs and accounts of the Blitz, and the heroic efforts of many individuals who fought to keep buildings from destruction, in workshops led by the poets. Their thoughts and creative responses steered the poets’ approach to the commission and fed into their finished work.
Keith Jarrett’s From the Log Book will be projected at St Paul’s, and Jane Commane’s In A New Light will be seen at Coventry Cathedral. Their words will be brought to life through cutting-edge projections, incorporating innovative graphics and archive photography in Double Take Projections’ unique style.
As well as my own original stanzas, the poem is built around a refrain. This is the ‘communal’ part of the poem….made of phrases ‘donated’ by the people I am working with, and are generated in response to the question “what does Coventry Cathedral mean to you?” Jane Commane
Part of Historic England's Loss and Destruction Season.