lighthouse world

Anyone who’s spent time living on an island or near a coastline will have a lighthouse story.

I was brought up on a peninsula – surrounded on three sides by water – so daily life was punctuated by these magnificent structures.

As their original use has been superseded by satellite navigation and automated ways of alerting shipping to coastal dangers ahead, lighthouses have found new roles.

As long ago as 1984, I spent a week on holiday staying in a former lighthouse cottage, battered by the wind and waves of the Atlantic ocean.

And more recently, one former lighthouse I know well in North East England has been the venue for film showings.

Now the ever resourceful musician Thomas Dolby has used his experience of one particular lighthouse to fuel his latest project.

And judging by the trailer for the already award-winning documentary ‘The Invisible Lighthouse,’ the results look intriguing.


The Invisible Lighthouse – trailer


I’m hoping to get to one of the four ‘events’ Dolby is planning in the UK during May where the film will be shown combining live narration plus music from his career.

If you can’t get along, the two links below might provide an equally fascinating insight into the origins of lighthouses in the UK.

I read Bella Bathurst’s book ‘The Lighthouse Stevensons’ (Flamingo) when it came out in 1999, and was captivated by its tale of human ingenuity and endeavour in the face of overwhelming odds.

A tv documentary broadcast in 2012 is no longer available on the BBC iPlayer.

But lots of clips from it are, featuring lighthouse keepers sharing their mind-boggling experiences and the engineering triumphs behind the building of lighthouses in truly spectacular locations around the UK.

The Lighthouse Stevensons – documentary clips

The Lighthouse Stevensons – Bella Bathurst website

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