Bid to illuminate historic buildings at the Mayflower’s home port wins £20,000 boost

Oct 26, 2018

The bid to illuminate six historic buildings in Rotherhithe has received an incredible £20,000 cash boost from the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan has generously donated the Mayoral Pledge to the crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a feasibility study into the Illuminate Rotherhithe! project in Southwark.

The fund-raising started just a month ago and has already secured an impressive £4,500 towards the cost of a study, on top of the £20,000 pledge.

The study would look at the technical aspects of illuminating six historic buildings after dusk in Rotherhithe, where the Mayflower sailed from before its next stops in Southampton and Plymouth, for the next 40 years.

When these buildings are illuminated, the spire of St Mary's church and the chimneys of Thames Tunnel Mills and the Brunel Museum will be visible from both London Bridge and Tower Bridge, from the Thames Path, and to people travelling along the river on boats and ships at night.

There will be interactive features incorporated into the lighting scheme, such as simple QR codes which will explain the history behind each of the illuminated buildings.

Other features will make it possible to introduce colours, shapes, textures, words and historical context elements to the lighting, making it fun for children and adults alike to engage with the history of the buildings.

Now another £9,000 needs to be raised between now and December 17 to reach our target so a feasibility study can be carried out. The Illuminate Rotherhithe! legacy lighting initiative is part of Rotherhithe SE16 Mayflower projects.

Jules Pipe, London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, said:


“All Londoners should feel that they are part of the regeneration of their neighbourhoods and crowdfunding is a really effective way of giving people a stake in their part of the city. “The Mayor’s Crowdfund London programme empowers Londoners to bring about positive change in their local area and I would encourage people to support these innovative projects.”

Help us spread the word by sharing the link to the crowdfund campaign here and find out more about the Illuminate Rotherhithe! project here

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