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White Light gets connected for new Smith Centre venue at the Science Museum

Following the success of the Science Museum’s progressive new multi-function, dedicated events venue Illuminate, which launched earlier this year, the museum has added yet another option to its burgeoning portfolio. The recently developed Smith Centre has been repurposed to offer four spaces available for exclusive daytime or evening hire. As Illuminate’s in-house technical production partner, White Light was called upon to install the AV infrastructure and equipment solutions throughout.

Utilising the same state-of-the-art Crestron NVX series control system and Audinate Dante network built into Illuminate’s Levels 4 & 5, the Smith Centre is now operational as a fully connected venue. This means that clients can hire both venues simultaneously for events and broadcast live coverage of what is happening within each space, across the multiple rooms.

This connectivity enables a range of uses, from presenter Green Rooms for guest speakers to watch the main event remotely, to conference breakout sessions where audio and video content can be sent instantaneously between the venues.

Jonjo Glynn, venues director at White Light, commented: “With Illuminate being such an innovative venue, it was crucial that the Smith Centre installation matched the technical capabilities of this. The Crestron NVX system allows for infinite flexibility, which is essential for meeting the bespoke needs of a broad range of clients.”

Jodie Guilford, business development & marketing manager at the Science Museum, added: “Many of our clients are often looking for ways to extend the reach of their event content and increase their audience. The connection between our two newest venues means that they can achieve this all under our roof, with the ability to conduct large main plenary sessions and smaller breakouts simultaneously. This has significantly enhanced our events offer.”

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