Scriptorium: The Illuminated Histories

A spectacular light and sound installation by Luxmuralis

This brand new artwork which incorporates iconic images including many from the British Library, brings to life the rich tapestry of Anglo-Saxon artefacts and medieval manuscripts in a spectacle that promises to captivate the senses and ignite the imagination.

Suitable for all ages

Prepare to embark on a mesmerising journey through light and sound as Luxmuralis presents "Scriptorium: The Illuminated Histories" – an awe-inspiring light and sound installation set within the majestic walls of Rochester Cathedral.

The show has been created by award winning artistic collaboration Luxmuralis, Peter Walker Sculptor and David Harper Composer. This is the fourth time Luxmuralis have been at Rochester Cathedral with tickets for previous shows selling quickly and many days selling out.

Luxmuralis return from the 1st to the 5th October 2024. Tickets are now on sale and advance booking is highly recommended.

About Scriptorium: The Illuminated Histories

Intricately crafted pages comes to life in vivid detail, as dynamic projections illuminate nearly every part of Rochester Cathedral with a symphony of colour, light, and sound. From breathtaking depictions of biblical scenes to intricate Anglo Saxon motifs, dragons, knights and beasts will fill every inch of the Cathedral as it is adorned with the luminous glow of history.

However Scriptorium is more than just a visual feast, it is a multi-sensory experience unlike any other. As visitors wander through the cathedral, they are enveloped in a symphony of soundscapes that complement and enhance the visual spectacle unfolding before them. From haunting chants to stirring melodies, the music serves as a poignant backdrop to the timeless narratives woven throughout the illuminated manuscripts.

What sets Scriptorium apart is its sheer scale and ambition, with nearly every inch of the Cathedral adorned with light and sound. From the soaring heights of the nave to the intimate architecture around the interior of the Cathedral, Scriptorium invites viewers to explore every facet of Rochester Cathedral in a way they have never experienced before.

As Luxmuralis premieres Scriptorium: The Illuminated Histories at Rochester Cathedral, audiences are invited to immerse themselves in a unique and unforgettable experience that celebrates the beauty of the past while igniting hope for the future. Join us as we embark on a journey through the illuminated histories of the Anglo-Saxon era, where art, history, and imagination converge in a dazzling display of creativity and wonder.


Tickets will need to be pre-booked.


Adults £10 (Off-Peak £8.50)

Children (Under 18) £6 (Off-Peak £5)

Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) £29 (Off Peak £24)

Infants (Under 3) Free

Carers go free when accompanying a paid ticket. See FAQ for details of who is entitled to these tickets. Please email [email protected] for more information.



Performances will take place this Autumn on the evenings of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. Timed entry will be in operation with the first time slot at 6.40pm.


Do I need to book tickets in advance? How can I book tickets?

Yes, tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets can be booked on our website.

Can I get a refund?

Tickets are non-refundable for this experience.

Can I change the date and time of my ticket?

Ticket dates and times cannot be altered once purchased. Please email [email protected] if you have any enquiries over this.

How will I receive my tickets?

Your ticket should arrive by email.


What can I expect?

The experience involves walking through the Cathedral to view a number of different light and sound projections. Each installation last about 5 – 8 minutes on a continuous loop. The whole experience should last between 40 – 50 minutes.

This exhibition includes loud sounds, music and moving and flashing images throughout the experience, as well as bright lights and areas of darkness within the Cathedral.


Timeslots are in operation for this event to allow a steady flow of people. Admission to the Cathedral will be within the timeslot you have booked.

What are off-peak tickets?

Off-peak tickets are available for all shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Can I arrive earlier or later than my timeslot?

Early entry will not be permitted but every effort will be made to allow access if you are running late within the confines of the opening hours of the exhibition. This will depend on capacity and will be at the discretion of Rochester Cathedral.

Where will I enter and exit?

Entry will be through the North Door to the side of the Cathedral. Exit will be at the small West Door at the front of the Cathedral.

Level or Accessible Access

We will endeavour to ensure all ticket holders enjoy their experience to the best of our abilities. However, please be aware that some of the route is not suitable for all wheelchair users. There are some stairs to get up to the Quire. We do have a lift which has a weight limit of 130kgs. Please email [email protected] and we will advise on any specific inquiries.

Please do let us know in advance of arriving if you require assistance during the experience and we will do our best to assist.

Entry to the Cathedral for this event is through the North Door which has level access.

What do I need to show when I arrive?

Tickets can either be bought online through our website or from the Cathedral Welcome Desk. If tickets are purchased online then the confirmation email counts as your ticket. Ideally this should be printed out but it is fine to show it on your phone as well. Taking a screenshot means you don’t have to worry about signal when arriving.

Please bring these with you on the night.

Can I get a carers ticket?

If you require a carers ticket please email [email protected].

Guests who have the following documentation are entitled to one free carer ticket, however, the guest with the disability and any further members of their party will pay full price.

Please show the relevant paperwork as well as suitable photo ID of the named recipient at the ticket office when you buy or collect your ticket/s. For proof of disability, please bring any ONE of the following forms of documentation:

Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 or DLA/Personal Independent Payments (PIP) for those aged 16-64, either in the form of a letter stating that the benefit has been awarded, or the actual Allowance book

Attendance Allowance or Carer's Allowance letter of award

Incapacity Benefit books, or a letter notifying the recipient that the benefit has been awarded. Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

A valid Blue Badge

In the case of visual impairment, a registration card known as the BD8 or a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI)

A recognised Assistance Dog ID Card

Credibility’s Access Card with +1 symbol

Disabled guests who have a specific need for a second helper/carer can request another free ticket, but will need to show that they have a need for a second carer by providing suitable proof, namely a letter from a school, GP or hospital consultant detailing why the second carer is required.

Will I have to queue?

Queues are likely for this event, we will do our best to get everyone admitted as close to their time slot as possible.


There is no dedicated parking for this event and car parks in Rochester will be busy. We encourage visitors to walk or use public transport where possible. Please leave plenty of time to find parking. Find out more here

Is this different to the lightshow in Canterbury Cathedral?

Yes, the light show at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent is by the team behind Scriptorium but is a completely different show.

Do you have toilets?

Yes we do have toilets. These are located in the gardens of Rochester Cathedral. We also have a disabled toilet inside the Cathedral.

Why are you using the term Anglo-Saxon?

In recent years, some scholars have preferred to describe this period as the Early Medieval era, believing it to be a more accurate characterisation of the time. However, we have chosen to use the term "Anglo-Saxon" as it is more familiar to the general public, having been a regular feature of the National Curriculum. We hope this lightshow inspires visitors to learn more about the Early Medieval world.

Will Draco Roffensis: The Rochester Dragon be there?

No, Draco Roffensis leaves us on the 21st September but this lightshow is part of our Textus 900 celebrations.