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Illuminate Rotherhithe!

Funded on Spacehive 15 December 2018 Delivered 31 December 2020

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Illuminate Rotherhithe!

Illuminate Rotherhithe!

WORG (What's On in Rotherhithe Group) By WORG (What's On in Rotherhithe Group)

A legacy lighting proposal to illuminate historically significant buildings in Rotherhithe, home port of the Mayflower. Help us acknowledge Rotherhithe's role in the history of this iconic ship!

London Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 15 Dec 2018!

We are planning a legacy lighting scheme to commemorate Rotherhithe's key role in the story of the Mayflower. The project will illuminate specific elements of six historic buildings. 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. It may also be 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. Very few people know that the incredible Mayflower story began in Rotherhithe. We need your help to change this!

What we'll deliver:

  • A permanent Mayflower legacy for Rotherhithe
  • Hugely aesthetic lighting scheme that will enhance nighttime views of Rotherhithe
  • Interactive features for children and adults to learn about local history

Why it's a great idea:

Did you know that the Mayflower story began in Rotherhithe? This lighting scheme will serve as a permanent reminder - to current and future generations - of Rotherhithe's heritage and identity as the Mayflower's home port. The Mayflower was a well-travelled merchant ship and her captain and part-owner, Christopher Jones, lived in Rotherhithe, as did many of her crew. The Mayflower set off from Rotherhithe in July 1620 to join the Speedwell in Southampton. When the Speedwell sprang a serious leak they were forced to stop in Plymouth where passengers and provisions were crowded onto the Mayflower and she had to set off alone on her epic and arduous journey to America in September 1620. This holistic legacy lighting scheme will raise awareness of Rotherhithe's significant role in this key historical event! Once installed the illuminations will remain in place for 40+ years, and they will serve to commemorate this important but forgotten Rotherhithe story.

Steps to get it done:

  • Appoint project manager
  • Carry out site surveys and produce feasibility reports
  • Submit planning applications to Southwark Council
  • Consult with local residents and other stakeholders
  • Obtain planning permission from Southwark Council

Special thanks to Adam Allen-Foord for creating the visualisation.


Location London

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Southwark

How will the money be spent?Total £31,309

Conservation architecture services - £15,084 (48%)
Contingency - £5,000 (16%)
Stage 1 & 2 of feasibility study - £3,600 (12%)
Stage 3 & 4 of feasibility study - £3,600 (12%)
Planning costs - £3,200 (10%)
Other - £825 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Conservation architecture services
Stage 1 & 2 of feasibility study
Stage 3 & 4 of feasibility study
Planning costs
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Keep in reserve for cost of project installation (approx £102K)

Total £31,309

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