Crowdfunding Campaign | Let's Illuminate Rotherhithe

Illuminate Rotherhithe Crowdfunding Campaign-Special thanks to Adam Allen-Foord for creating the visualisation.

Illuminate Rotherhithe Crowdfunding

Illuminate Rotherhithe Crowdfunding campaign aims to raise money for a great project for Rotherhithe. They are planning a feasibility study into a holistic lighting scheme to commemorate Rotherhithe’s key role in the story of the Mayflower. The project will illuminate specific elements of six historic buildings.

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This project will 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.

You can help us 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


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.

Very few people know that the incredible Mayflower story began in Rotherhithe. We need your help to change this!

Visit the Illuminate Rotherhithe Crowdfunding Campaign page at Spacehive to learn more about the project   IlluminateSE16   #IlluminateRotherhithe   IlluminateRotherhithe   Discover Rotherhithe

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