Bethnal Green Memorial

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Bethnal Green Memorial

Bethnal Green Memorial

Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust By Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust

Help us build the stairway, to complete the memorial to the 173 people who lost their lives on March 3rd 1943, on the stairs at Bethnal green Tube station, in the worst civilian disaster of WW2.

Tower Hamlets Idea stage

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We have already raised enough money to start building the memorial: the foundations have been dug and part of the plinth has arrived. We now need funds to complete the "stairway" on the memorial.

The project brings together the diverse local community in and around Bethnal Green, and we contribute to legacy and education as well as constructing the memorial.

The stairway will be made of reclaimed teak, recovered from the sea. It will be treated to withstand weather and vandalism, and the name of each victim will be carefully engraved. A new font, "Bethnal Green" has been designed. A model of the memorial was accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and the site will be open for London Open Weekend.

The 70th anniversary of the disaster will be next March and we aim to have the memorial complete by then.

What we'll deliver:

  • Obtain and prepare the "stairway", put the names of the victims on to it and attach it to the plinth.

Why it's a great idea:

The project has substantial local support from all sections of the community, giving them a common focus and encouraging interest in heritage and history, and also provides education for local schools and visitors; there will be audio facilities for visitors to find out more about the disaster.

This is the "missing" war memorial and will also commemorate the contribution of the emergency services.

Steps to get it done:

  • The trustees have appointed a local architect to manage the project and phase 1 is virtually complete.

In the photos, you can see wreaths left by local people and relatives - these are maintained and cared for at the site - and the significant support for the project from local people, celebrities and those working on the project.

Most of the work is done by volunteers at no cost to the charity, because they are determined to make it happen and to have the memorial finished for the 70th anniversary of the disaster, on 3rd March 2013.

A lot has already been achieved and with your financial support, we can do this! Please help us make it happen!

Location Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets has 116 other projects and £1,025,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

In Bethnal Green Park, by the stairs to the tube


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