With a background in theatre engineering and film, TV and sports lighting, Peter joined Hawthorn in 2004. As our Director of Special Projects, Peter works across our Create, Install and Hire teams to fulfil client requirements which draw on his extensive technical knowledge, including working with artists and curators to help create museum and gallery exhibits. Often found working in venues such as the V&A and Buckingham Palace, we caught up with Peter to find out more…

What does your average day look like?

There really isn’t an average day for me as it changes depending on the latest needs of our clients. One day I could be in the office drawing up a lighting installation and the next, I could be on-site working out how we can solve a tricky rigging issue. It’s an incredibly varied role which can be demanding, but that’s all part of the fun.

You do a lot of work with temporary museum exhibitions, most recently the V&A’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics. How do you think the museum experience has changed over the years?

The growing demand for immersive experiences is definitely having an impact on how museums present their exhibitions now. Visitors don’t just want to be intellectually stimulated anymore, they want to be completed immersed in the subject. This has seen a huge rise in the inclusion of technical elements such as lighting, sound and AV in exhibitions, helping people to engage on both a physical and emotional level.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The best thing for me is having a happy, satisfied client at the end of a project. A big part of my job is taking someone’s creative vision and working out a technical solution to deliver it. That moment when a client tells you that you’ve completely surpassed their expectations is one that really can’t be beaten.

Having worked at Hawthorn for over 13 years, you must have worked on some amazing projects! Can you name a highlight?

It has to be working on the Coronation Festival Gala at Buckingham Palace in 2013. We provided full production services for the event which celebrated the 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation. It was a huge honour to be part of such a prestigious celebration and it’s undoubtedly one of the most challenging events I’ve ever worked on.