Margate harbour, Kent

Lighting the Way 

Images of Lighthouses from the RIBA Collections

Of the many navigational aids lighthouses are perhaps the most symbolic and, frequently by virtue of the need to construct them in wild and rugged locations, some of the most challenging to build.

This article about five very different lighthouses from 1543 to 1960 is accompanied by the gallery below showing the wide range of images of lighthouses held in the RIBA Collections.

All of the images are available to download, purchase or license as well as other images here with a nautical theme.  

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RIBA138179Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: columns surrounding the entrance portico

 
RIBA138180Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: detail of a niche

 
RIBA138181Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: detail of sculptural relief above the entrance door


RIBA138182Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge, looking southwest towards Fitzwilliam Museum

 
RIBA138183Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the main entrance portico

 
RIBA138184Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the entrance portico columns


RIBA138185Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the entrance portico

 
RIBA138186Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the main entrance front

 
RIBA138187Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: corner detail


RIBA138188Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the entrance portico

 
RIBA138189Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: corner detail

 
RIBA138203Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge


RIBA138204Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138205Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138206Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge


RIBA138207Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138208Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138209Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge


RIBA138210Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge: detail of pilotis

 
RIBA138211Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138212Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge


RIBA138213Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138214Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge: pilotis

 
RIBA138215Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge: pilotis


RIBA138217Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138252Herrick House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138253Herrick House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge


RIBA138254Herrick House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge: detail of a window

 
RIBA138255Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, seen from the west bank of the River Cam

 
RIBA138256Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge: the gable


RIBA138257Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138258Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138259Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, seen at dusk