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ILLW Open Days & The Lighthouse Relay Exhibition

ILLW Open Days & The Lighthouse Relay Exhibition

The crew at LV21 are once again pleased to be supporting the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend taking place on 20-21 August. We are also excited to announce the installation of Siren Signal, a sound sculpture exhibition by artist Steve McPherson commissioned for the International Lighthouse Relay and the Folkestone Fringe.

About The ILLW

The basic objective of the ILLW event is “to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time to promote amateur radio and to foster International goodwill.” During the weekend our resident radio expert Colin Turner will be transmitting and communicating with other lighthouses and lightships around the world. LV21’s call sign is GB2LV if you want to join in and get in touch.

Many other lighthouses and places of associated interest will be open to the public over the weekend, and there will be special events at lighthouses and light vessels both at home and abroad. For a full list of participants please visit the ILLW website. Additionally, The Association of Lighthouse Keepers also provides a forum for everyone interested in lighthouses, lightships and maritime aids to navigation. Despite its name, being a lighthouse keeper is not a requirement for joining the Association, although a number of serving and former keepers are members. Whatever your interest in lighthouses and lighships, you can join the ALK.

More about Siren Signal

Steve McPherson’s Siren Signal sound sculptures are based on childhood memories of the constant and stationary Tongue Light Vessel (LV1) on the north Kent horizon, and its mournful warning when sea fogs transformed the world. The three soundscapes of Siren Signal will reverberate through the spaces of LV21 echoing both Steve’s and the ship’s pasts.

Steve has also designed and produced a limited edition paper model of LV21 which will be available to purchase over the weekend (stock allowing – only 100 limited edition). Simply cut out, fold and glue your very own LV21 model.

LV21 is open to the public for the whole weekend, giving you the unique opportunity to both explore and experience the sound pieces and lightship at the same time.

Tours are free and will be operated on a first come, first served basis. (We hope to be able to show all visitors around the vessel but cannot guarantee access if demand exceeds our capacity).

Tours will be available between 11am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Please note

Please be aware that some areas of the lightship will not be accessible as the renovation of the vessel is an ongoing  process. Donations to help the preservation of this historic vessel are of course welcomed.

Children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times aboard the vessel. Wear suitable flat, non-slip shoes. Please contact LV21 if you want to discuss any access issues.

Free parking available on site. For directions to Light Vessel 21 please visit our contact page.



Just worked LV21 on 17m from onboard the British Antarctic Survey ship RRS James Clark Ross, in position 79 North 007East, up in the Arctic for a science cruise.
Good to work Colin.

73 rig k2 100w k2 5rv 73/88 Colin, Gary, Päivi and the LV21 Shipmates.

Thanks Colin for QSO. worked with 9 Watt (KX3) Pse a QSL card! 73.