A new photographic book commemorates the 500-year history of Trinity House and lighthouses in the British Isles

The history of lighthouses in Britain has been captured in a new photographic book, published to mark the 500th anniversary of Trinity House.

‘Light through a lens’ features selected shots from the Corporation’s archive, many of which have never been seen by the public before.

What’s more, accompanying text explains the history of the institution, which was set up in 1514 by Henry VIII as an authority for maritime matters.

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, the book was compiled by Neil Jones, records manager at Trinity House, and Paul Ridgway, who has worked on various projects at Trinity House for the past four decades.

Lighthouses in the UK are now fully automated and this book captures the comfort and allure they hold for anyone of a maritime persuasion.

Due to be released on 11 September and priced at £20, this glossy hardback would make an ideal coffee-table book.