The tunnels below Dover Castle date back to the Middle Ages when they provided a protected line of communication for soldiers manning the northern outworks and to allow the garrison to gather unseen before launching a surprise attack.
In May 1940, the tunnels became the nerve centre for Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and French troops from Dunkirk’s beaches. In the early 1990s it was decommissioned and areas of the tunnels opened to the public.
Working with the Exhibition team, Copenhagen based Kvorning Design & Communication, Light Bureau were responsible for helping to re-create original lighting to the Operation Dynamo period and also to enhance the visitor’s experience when roaming through tunnels and casemates including chalk tunnels engraved with ‘graffiti’ dating back to the Napoleonic era.
Client: English Heritage
Exhibition designer: Kvorning Design & Communication